Br Bede to be Ordained to the Diaconate

Brother Bede will be ordained as a deacon on Saturday 29th June 2024. The service will be in the Abbey Church and will start at 1 pm. Bishop Paul McAleenan, an auxiliary bishop of Westminster, will be presiding.

The service will be available on livestream.

Diaconal ordination has long been one of the stages to the priesthood. After the Second Vatican Council the Church also brought back permanent deacons. Ealing Abbey Parish has two permanent deacons, Ian and Alex. They will be assisting Bishop Paul at the Ordination.

Brother Bede will be ordained as a deacon during a service that includes promises of obedience to the bishop and of celibacy. Although he is already committed to celibacy and obedience as a consequence of his solemn profession in 2021, ordained ministers are also under the direction of a diocesan bishop.

The diaconal ordination follows the minor orders of Lector (Reader) and Acolyte.

Please note that this service will also be the Monastic Conventual Mass for Saturday.