Deacon Candidates Receive Ministry of Acolyte

Deacon Candidates: Eustace Francis, Eardley Martin and Ancel Knights

The feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the feast which refers to the Blessed Virgin Mary being assumed — body and soul — into heaven at the end of her earthly life is celebrated throughout the Church on August 15. The Cathedral parish which falls under the patronage of the assumption celebrated the feast on Sunday, August 18 with a special Mass.

It was also at this Mass that the three deacon candidates; Eustace Francis, Ancel Knights and Eardley Martin were instituted in the Ministry of Acolyte. This ministry is conferred by the bishop of the diocese and is the next step on their journey to becoming permanent deacons.

During his homily Bishop County encouraged the congregation to learn about the saints: the saints of the country and the saints from which they were named. He urged that they be used as models. He also encouraged them to see Mary as a true model; to reflect on her if they are to become a model of a Christian society. He shared that the bravery of Mary was rooted in her faithfulness and that “our faithfulness must make us available as disciples of Christ.”

As he addressed the candidates, he thanked them for coming forward to be of service and reiterated that “it is all about service”.He then explained the ministry of acolyte and the duties they are expected to perform. The explanation, which was part of the Rite at the ceremony, was also for the edification of the congregation. At the end he encouraged them to “be not afraid, let Mary be your guide”. After being presented to the congregation Bishop congratulated them and officially announced that they would be ordained permanent deacons on November 1, 2019.

After Mass there was sharing of a light breakfast in the Cathedral’s courtyard.

Let us continue to pray for these three men as they continue their journey towards the diaconate.