“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:
  • Deacon: Rev. Peter Jackson St Joseph's Upton
  • Deacon: Rev. Gerard Boyle St Joseph's Birkenhead
  • Deacon: Rev. Leslie Arch St Joseph's Birkenhead
  • Deacon: Rev. Paul Walker St Joseph's Birkenhead
  • Deacon: Rev. Pat Regan St Michael and All Angels
  • Deacon: Rev. Paul D'Ambrogio St Michael and All Angels
The Roles of a Permanent Deacon Today
Ministry of the Word
  • Proclaiming the Gospel at Mass
  • Preaching and instructing the faithful
  • Leading the people in prayer
  • Officiating at funeral and burial services
Ministry of the Altar
  • Offering service at the altar during Mass
  • As a Minister of the Eucharist distributing Holy Communion at Mass,in the homes of the sick, the housebound and the dying.
  • Preparing for and administering the Sacrament of Baptism
  • Preparing for and Blessing Marriages
Ministry of Charity
  • Giving time to the poor and needy and upholding their dignity
  • Fostering and supporting Parish groups and Organisations
For further information, please contact:
Reverend Geoff O'Grady
Director for the Permanent Diaconate
St Ambrose
Deacon Peter Jackson
Assistant Director
36 Arborn Drive
CH49 6JS