ORDINATION OF DEACON PETER LAVERY
a man of the parish of St Joseph's of Birtley, Tyne & Wear UK.
of Deacon Peter's ordination can be viewed below)
On Saturday 11 June 2005,
Peter Jones, Peter Lavery, Frank O’Neill and
Vincent Purcell were ordained as Permanent Deacons by Bishop Kevin
at a ceremony held in St Mary's Cathedral, Newcastle upon Tyne. The
Permanent Deacons are the first ever in the Diocese and will rekindle
an ancient tradition of the church. All four are married with families
and each are empowered to minister in parishes alongside Priests and
to carry out similar duties except for hearing confessions, anointing
the sick and celebrating Mass.
Peter Lavery, 54, supported by his wife Pauline, became Diocesan Co-ordinator for Marriage and Family Life. His role is to support the network of clergy and volunteers throughout the region who help others prior to, during and after marriage. Peter is a Chartered Surveyor and currently works with the Valuation Office Agency. They have three children, Helen, Michael and Rachel and three grandchildren, Nieamh, 4, Ciaran, 1, and Ellie, 3 months.
Photographs of Peter's ordination
can be viewed below (place your cursor over the photographs
for a brief explanation):
Bishop Kevin remarked:
‘To be conducting ceremonies of such importance as first ordinations is an immense privilege. The Permanent Diaconate is a unique institution; Bishop Ambrose showed great vision in its reinstatement. The Deacons, together with our new Priests Christopher and Mark, are the embodiment of practical linkage between community and clergy, parish and priest, secular and Church. This enrichment is of great importance in today’s world. We are challenged, daily, to question the relevance and role of religion in the relentless pace of our lives; I am confident that these men and their families will deliver immeasurable benefit across the diocese, both within the Catholic Church and through connection with our neighbours.
After each ceremony the ordinands, their families and connections will attend receptions hosted by Bishop Kevin in the grounds of the Cathedral.