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St. Raphael's Parishioner, David Howell,

is accepted formally as a candidate for Holy Orders

Please pray for David Howell, a fifth-year Southwark seminarian who was admitted as a Candidate for Holy Orders on December 20th 2013 by Bishop John Arnold, Auxiliary Bishop of Westminster, at the Venerable English College in Rome with five other seminarians from Westminster, Shrewsbury, Copenhagen and Salford.

(Photograph courtesy of the Archdiocese of Southwark)




Admission to Candidacy for the Permanent Diaconate at Southwark Cathedral, Archbishop of Southwark Peter Smith presiding

On Saturday 7 May 2011 St. Raphael's parishioner, Peter Sebastian, was among five men in the diocese of Southwark who were "admitted to candidacy" for study and formation for the Permanent Diaconate.  In other words, they were admitted to the programme of study and preparation to become a deacon.  What is a deacon?  The term "deacon" means "servant" (from the Greek), assisting the bishop, the priest, his brothers and sisters and the Church as a whole. 


As such, a deacon plays his part in the three-fold ancient ministry of the Church, to be a witness to our Lord Jesus Christ by:


(1)  proclaiming the Gospels, preaching and teaching - ministry of the Word;


(2) assisting the priest at the altar in Liturgy (the Mass) - ministry of the Altar;


(3) serving through acts of charity and administration his local parish and community, living the Social Teaching of the Church - ministry of Charity. 


A deacon is ordained to Holy Orders and is a member of the Catholic clergy, but a deacon is not a priest.  All priests are first ordained deacons before they are ordained priests, and all bishops are first ordained to the diaconate and then to the priesthood before they are ordained bishops.  The Permanent Diaconate is for men at any stage in their life, whether married or single. 

Archbishop Peter Smith presided at the ceromony, assisted by two deacons wearing the deacon's traditional dalmatic