“The vocation of the permanent deacon is a great gift of God to the church and for this reason is 'an important enrichment of the church's mission' (Catechism of the Catholic Church). Pope John Paul II
The Diocese of Shrewsbury has benefited from the presence of Deacons over a number of years. Each has brought particular gifts to this ministry and they have enhanced the life of the wider community. Their presence reminds us of the service we are called to show one another.
In an address to Permanent Deacons, Pope John Paul II highlighted that “The service of the Deacon is the Church's service sacramentalised. Yours is not one ministry among others, but it is truly meant to be, as Paul VI described it, a 'driving force for the Church's diakonia'. By your ordination you are configured to Christ in his servant role. You are also meant to be living signs of the servanthood of His Church”.
A number of married and unmarried men have been ordained to the Permanent Diaconate, and work in parishes across the Diocese.
There are currently six Deacons in our LPA:
Ministry of the Word
Reverend Geoff O'Grady
Director for the Permanent Diaconate
Deacon Peter Jackson
36 Arborn Drive