DUNKELD: DEATH OF DEACON IAN GORDON
Please pray for Deacon Ian Gordon (Dunkeld) who died yesterday.
The Reception of Remains will take place on Wednesday 27th September at 6.00 pm in St. Fergus, Forfar and the Requiem Mass on Thursday 28th September at 11.30 am.
Clergy wishing to attend please advise the Chancellor, Malcolm Veal.


FUNERAL ARRANGEMENTS FOR DEACON PAUL RODGERS

Deacon Paul’s funeral will take place on in St. Joseph’s, Greenock on Tuesday 30 May at 12 noon with the Reception of Remains immediately preceding the Funeral Mass. Thereafter to Knocknairshill Cemetery.
May he rest in peace.



ONGOING FORMATION: EVENT CANCELLED

Please note that the study day on the 20th May has been cancelled . The Commission will look at how best to provide on going formation in the future.


PAISLEY: PASSING OF DEACON PAUL RODGERS

With regret, the death of Deacon Paul Rodger has been announced today (17 May 2017). May he rest in peace.


DUNKELD: DIACONAL ORDINATION OF HARRY SCHNITKER

This will take place during the regular 11 a.m. Mass in St. Andrew’s Cathedral, Dundee on Sunday 4 September 2016. Any deacons attending are invited to bring GREEN vestments.


DUNKELD: DIACONAL ORDINATION OF KRIS JABLONSKI

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Kris Jablonski was ordained deacon by Bishop Stephen Robson on 4 August 2016 in St. Anrew’s Cathedral, Dundee. Originally from Poland, Kris has lived in Perth for some ten years with his wife Teresa. They have four daughters. Kris expects to receive his first pastoral appointment in September.

JUBILEE OF DEACONS


Dcn. Tony Schmitz

The above picture showsDeacon Tony Schmitz speaking in Rome. The occasion was the Year of Mercy Jubilee for Deacons. Sone two thousand deacons from all over the globe participated. It was the largest gathering of deacons ever held. On the Friday there were assemblies held in three different basilicas – for Italian-speaking deacons and their families, for Spanish-speaking deacons and families, and in the beautiful St John the Baptist Basilica of the Florentines for the English-speaking deacons and their families. Naturally the largest Anglophone contingent was from the United States. Four deacons from Scotland represented the Scottish deacons. Graham Kelly from Paisley Diocese and Bill McMillan and Tom Gorman from the Diocese of Motherwell.

There were three presentations in English. Deacon Tony Schmitz spoke about the Deacon as an Image of Mercy in pastoral work. The two other English speakers were from Ohio and Oregon addressing the subject of the Deacon as an Image of Mercy in the family and in the workplace. Elaborating on the theme of mercy, Deacon Tony Schmitz said: “We are each of us someone whom God wants to forgive. Someone he wants to clothe in mercy. Isn’t this the ‘good news’? Is not this the best news? Is this not at the heart all evangelisation? ‘Here’s the secret of God, the secret of our lives, the secret of the Saints.’ Unless we as deacons are surprised, over and over again, astonished, over and over again, by this secret, we cannot be the image, the icon, the sacrament, of God’s mercy to all we encounter. No-one can give what he has not himself received. As we receive mercy, so we can show mercy.”

The three-day event ended with a magnificent papal Mass on Sunday morning in St Peter’s Square, after which Pope Francis met each of the speakers and their wives. “A truly memorable event,” said Deacon Tony “with a very strong sense of the fraternity between deacons, whether from Mumbai, Natal, Buenos Aires, New York or Aberdeen.”

STATEMENT BY REV. DEACON CHARLES HENDRY


When I met with Bishop John Keenan not long after his appointment as Bishop President of the Commission for the Permanent Diaconate I indicated that as I was now in my 10th year of serving on the commission and as my term of appointment was drawing to a close that I felt it was an appropriate time for me to stand down as National Director. I am pleased to say that Deacon Graham Kelly has been appointed by the Bishops' Conference as the next National Director and will assume the role at the beginning of April. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all those who have served with me on the commission during the last 10 years, deacons, priests and bishops.  I'm sure you will join with me in offering Graham our congratulations and assuring him of our prayers and support.