Sligo man in historic ordination
SLIGOMAN Damien Kearns from Gleann, Riverstown, will be among the first six permanent Deacons to be ordained in the Diocese of Elphin.
The historic ceremony will be conducted by Bishop Christopher Jones in the Cathedral on December 8th, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception at 2.30pm.
The six Deacons are all married, in full-time employment and come from various parts of the Diocese.
Damien said: "I first heard of the Permanent Diaconate in my local church in Gleann.
"Although it did spark a certain interest, I was almost as quick to dismiss it."
His wife, Trish, reignited the topic and Damien says that a great desire to learn more about his faith and to understand the complexities of the Catholic faith, prompted him to enter the programme.
This involved four years of academic study and spiritual, human and pastoral formation on a part-time basis.
Damien is the only son of Maureen and Francis.
Deacons can assist the Priest at Mass, can celebrate baptism, officiate at the right of marriage and preside at funerals.
A Deacon can also read the Gospel and preach a homily.
Damien said: "As a Deacon, although I live in the Riverstown parish, my ministry will take me well beyond its boundaries to other opportunities in other parishes in the Diocese.