Julian Davies was ordained to the diaconate at the Five Precious Wounds Catholic Church, Stonebridge Park, by Bishop John Sherrington on 26th January, the Feast of Ss Timothy and Titus, ‘an auspicious day to be ordained a deacon’. In the presence of priests, deacons, seminarians, family, friends and parishioners praying for him, Julian prostrated himself in a sign of humility.
Addressing Julian in his homily, Bishop John explained: ‘You are called to foster the call to holiness in God’s holy people so that they may rejoice in the life of the kingdom of justice, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit and show forth the virtues in their lives of charity and service. As a deacon, you are to witness to this life and are called to model it for others.’
Acknowledging that Julian continue his formation towards priesthood, Bishop John encouraged him to ‘treasure these months as a deacon as an opportunity to serve and grow in love for your people. Continue to ask the assistance of the Holy Spirit so that you can serve with generosity and gratitude.’
Please pray for Deacon Julian as he begins his ministry and prepares for ordination to the priesthood.
More photographs from the day can be viewed here.