Ordination to Diaconate

Tee Ping Koh and Alfred Donat | November 29 2019

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Ordination to Diaconate  |  Tee Ping Koh and Alfred Donat  |  November 29 2019

You are about to be ordained, Tee Ping and Alfred, into the ancient order of deacon.  Upon you is to be conferred Holy Orders.  We see in the Acts of the Apostles that the apostles appointed “seven men of good reputation who were with the Holy Spirit”.  They were to care for the poor and the widows.  Stephen, the first Christian martyr, was a deacon, and thus showed that the role of Witness must, or can accompany, the office of deacon, a Witness to charity and the faith in deeds. 

In the early Church in Rome there were seven areas related to the seven diaconates.  They were places of the deacons, established for public assistance.  The places of the deacons fulfilled the roles of asylums, hospitals, hospices for pilgrims, and food distribution centres for the poor, all reflecting the vocation of the deacon.  Deacons played a special role in assisting the bishop, and in helping the administration of the Church. 

 

Download pdf below to read full homily.

 Homily - Diaconate Tee Ping Koh & Alfred Donat 29112019[1].pdf


 

Feast of Christ the King

November 24 2019

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 Homily Bishop Greg - Christ the King.mp2


 

Farewell to Daughters of St Paul

November 21 2019

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Moving tribute to Daughters of St Paul The Southern Cross

After 57 years serving the South Australian Catholic community, the Daughters of St Paul were farewelled at a thanksgiving Mass in St Francis Xavier’s Cathedral last night.

The Daughters have closed their Pauline Books and Media Centre store in Hindmarsh Square, signalling the end of their presence in Adelaide.

In a touching homily, Bishop Greg O’Kelly SJ said it was a sad occasion for the Sisters and those they had served so well – click on file below to hear Bishop Greg's homily.

Picture: Sr Nerina, Sr Marisa, Sr Jacqueline, Bishop O'Kelly, Sr Joanna and Sr Grace at the thanksgiving Mass.

 

 Homily Bishop Greg Farewell Mass.mp2