On the 28th June 2014 Seminarian John-Paul Evans was ordained Deacon at St. Mary’s College Oscott John-Paul was one of six transitional Deacons ordained that day.
Deacon John-Paul comes from the parish of Saint Mary’s Great Eccleston where many prayers have been offered over the years of his formation in Seminary. The parish of Saint Mary’s continues those prayers as Deacon John-Paul begins to minister to the people of the Lancaster Diocese. Let us all join the parish Saint Mary’s praying for our new transitional Deacon.
Deacon John-Paul is currently on a two month placement at Our Lady & St Edwards Parish Preston assisting Fr. Bob Horn in ministering to the people of the parish. Deacon John-Paul is also as part of his placement assisting myself at the Royal Preston Hospital as assistant Chaplain. Deacon John-Paul certainly has his work cut out for him working in both a parish and hospital in the service of the people of God.
As a Deacon John-Paul is called to put himself at the service of our Bishop, our Priests and the Lay faithful of the Diocese of Lancaster. In fact the word ‘Deacon’ comes from the Greek word ‘diakonia’ meaning service. Deacon John-Paul is following in the tradition of Saints Stephen and Lawrence and the many Holy Deacon’s whose stories are known throughout the Church, all of whom offer themselves in love wherever the Church needs them.
Please keep Deacon John-Paul in your prayers as he continues to journey to Priesthood.