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On Gaudete Sunday, 15th December 2019, at the parish of St Lawrence in Feltham, Bishop Paul McAleenan conferred the ministry of Lector on Brendan Day from St Albans and candidacy on Anthony Cecile (Burnt Oak), Peter Jones (Enfield), David Lawrence (Golders Green) and Rolly Leon (Feltham).

Men receive candidacy when they commence their first year of formation towards being ordained as deacons at the end of the third year. They receive Lector at the end of the first year and Acolyte at the end of the second year. In Westminster diocese, there are three men in third year, three in second year (Brendan Day missed the ceremony midyear), and four in first year. The parish priest of Feltham, Fr John Byrne, made the wives and families of the men very welcome with a reception in the parish hall afterwards.

Bishop Paul invites readers to pray for these men as they continue in their formation towards the permanent diaconate.

(In the photo: L to R, front row, Peter Jones, Bishop Paul, David Lawrence. Back row Brendan Day, Rolly Leon, Anthony Cecile).