When Andrew Devereux proposed to his girlfriend Angela Byrnes in
Queenscliff last August he didn’t imagine that all three of
his priest brothers would attend the Nuptial Mass!
In fact all six of Andrew’s brothers and the majority
of Angela’s 10 siblings travelled over from New Zealand, Queensland,
Ireland, the United States and Poland to join the happy
couple on their big day at St Anthony’s Shrine in
Hawthorn on Saturday 7th January.
In his homily
Andrew’s older brother Peter stated that the couple’s mission as
a married couple is to “witness to love in good
times and bad”.
Fr Peter, who works with
Catholic business leaders in Atlanta, was even bold enough to
assign ‘homework’ to the newly weds for their honeymoon that
included talking to one another of their hopes and dreams
for the future and not fearing the opportunities of being
vulnerable with each other.
Andrew’s younger brother Simon was
ordained on Christmas Eve in 2010 in Rome at St
Pauls Basilica and is based in Connecticut as a Spiritual
Director & Administrator in the seminary. Both Andrew & Angela
attended his ordination and so it was fitting that Fr
Simon presided over the exchange of the marriage vows.
Fr Matthew, who works with Catholic youth in the
Archdiocese of Krakow, was the chief celebrant and presented the
newly weds with a framed Papal blessing.
brothers are ordained priests with the Legionaries of Christ.
Although not born and bred locally Andrew and Angela feel
right at home in Melbourne and have been active in
the Archdiocese through various ministries associated with the Regnum Christi
Movement including two successful Catholic leadership camps for boys and
girls aged between 10-15 that took place in Anglesea this
“I actually felt the Nuptial Mass &
reception was a mini-Regnum Christi get-together. A lot of our
friends and family have served the Church and society through
various apostolates and volunteered in co-worker program the Movement offers
here in Australia and abroad,” Andrew said.
her first year as a teacher at Resurrection school in
Essendon this year while Andrew begins an Executive Assistant role
in an Insurance Brokerage in East Melbourne.