Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Diaconate Ordinations

Once again the end of term at St John's Seminary, Wonersh, was marked with the joyful celebration of ordinations to the diaconate. Last Saturday the presiding bishop was Bishop Paul Hendricks, one of the new auxiliary bishops in Southwark.
Although he himself studied first in Oxford and then at the English College in Rome, Bishop Paul is a well-known and much loved figure at St John's. For a number of years he taught philosophy there and was also vice-rector. It is said that he could often be seen in his wellingtons off to unblock a drain somewhere (the seminary is a rambling Victorian building that could do with a massive input of cash!).
In this photograph Bishop Paul is with one of the new Southwark deacons, Sean O'Connor. Sean is from the Cathedral parish and was a lawyer before applying for the priesthood. Along with fellow Southwark deacon Behruz Rafat, Sean is due to be ordained priest in October.

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