On 17 June, Tom Montgomery, who has also been a student at the Beda College in Rome for the last four years, was ordained to the diaconate at the Basilica of St-Paul-Outside-the-Walls. Afterwards he said:
‘I was so conscious during the ordination of being carried in the prayers of friends and family. It was a real opportunity for me to give thanks to God for all of the graces He has given to me on what has been a long journey to this moment of ordination. A few days ago Cardinal Vincent sent me an email saying “Abandon yourself totally to God and He won’t let you down” and I was praying with those words during the ordination as well. I give thanks to God for these last four years in Rome at the Beda College and now I am really looking forward to returning to the diocese and spending the next year as a deacon with Fr Duncan Adamson in Ruislip. It has been a great journey so far and I look forward to seeing where God leads me in the years ahead.’
Deacon Tom becomes the 5th man from the Dicoese to be ordained deacon this year, with 4 other men ordained for the Diocese on 13 June. On 12 July, Guido Armari will become the 6th transitional deacon when he is ordained by Bishop John Arnold, the Bishop of Salford, at the Church of Our Lady of the Snows, Palazzola, outside of Rome.
Please pray for these men as they continue their study and formation to the priesthood.