By William Chow
On the eve of July 1, 2016 parishioners from across the Archdiocese of Sydney converged at St Felix de Valois parish in Bankstown to witness the Diaconate Ordination of Sebastian Hew (Archdiocese of Sydney), Moses Tamale (Archdiocese of Kampala), and Richard Ddumba (Archdiocese of Kampala) by Most Reverend Terry Brady, Auxiliary Bishop of Sydney.
The Eucharist was concelebrated by priests from the Archdiocese of Sydney, neighbouring dioceses and to witness the ordination were the candidate’s family members.
In his homily, Bishop Brady highlighted the very special ministry of service entrusted to the deacons. He told them it was a “wonderful privilege” to be called to follow Jesus Christ and to serve Him in His Church and in His people. He encouraged the newly ordained to deepen their prayer life, taking time to encounter Jesus “eyeball to eyeball,” noting that they would also encounter Him in the poor, vulnerable and broken.
Please continue to pray for these men, and for their preparation to the priesthood. May God accompany our new deacons as they begin their diaconate service.
After the Eucharistic Celebration, the faithful gathered in the Parish Hall for refreshments with the new Deacons.