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“A Great Spirit of Being in a Family”
Three Legionaries are ordained to the transitional deaconate “Down Under”

Deaconate ordination of Simon Cleary
Deaconate ordination of Simon Cleary LC

Three Legionaries were ordained “Down Under” this summer.  They join the ranks of the transitional deaconate and are now preparing for their priestly ordinations this coming December.

Deacon Stephen Howe was ordained in Australia on June 29, and Deacon David Joyce and Deacon Simon Cleary were both ordained in New Zealand on July 5.

Deacon Stephen Howe

Archbishop Philip Wilson ordained Deacon Stephen Howe at Francis Xavier Cathedral in Adelaide, South Australia.

James Howe (brother of Deacon Stephen) wrote an article about his brother’s ordination for the local Southern Cross diocesan newspaper.  (Click here to read the article.)

Saying that he had requested to return home for his ordination, Deacon Stephen said, “I wanted to give people a bit of hope, to see that there are still young guys getting ordained. I remember as a kid growing up, I alter-served at a priestly ordination,
Deacon Stephen Howe LC with his family and bishop
Deacon Stephen Howe LC with his family and the bishop following his ordination
and it helped me a lot.”

Deacon David Joyce

Deacon David Joyce, originally from Our Lady of Lourdes parish in Palmerston North, New Zealand, said he spent several years growing up in Papua New Guinea serving as a lay missionary.

“My parents were drawn to serve and do something worthwhile with their talents,” he said. “Dad worked as an architect designing and building churches - heading a diocesan construction company.  Mum taught at local schools and at the time, and I simply attended school with everyone else.”

“It was there on mission that I first felt the call to the priesthood, inspired by the example of the nuns and priests who left family, culture and language behind to serve the local people.”

Deacon David was ordained at St Mary´s Pro-cathedral in Christchurch. He said he wanted to be ordained in New Zealand “to give a boost to the local Church and RC members.  It has
Deacon David Joyce assists at Mass
Deacon David Joyce LC assists at Mass
been wonderful to be home and with my family.”

Deacon Simon Cleary

Deacon Simon Cleary was ordained by Bishop Colin Campbell in St. Joseph´s parish in Dunedin, New Zealand. The emeritus bishop of Dunedin, Leonard Boyle, four diocesan priests and Fr. Peter Devereux, LC concelebrated in the ordination mass. (Deacon Simon said the mass was also blessed with the presence the newly ordained Deacon David!)

Deacon Simon said, “There was a great spirit of being in a family in the many Regnum Christi members present.”

During the homily, Bishop Colin talked about what being a deacon means to Pope Francis, whose actions he said
Deacon David Joyce LC and Deacon Simon Cleary LC
(From L to R) Bishop Colin Campbell, Deacon David Joyce, Deacon Simon Cleary and emeritus bishop of Dunedin, Leonard Boyle.
often speak louder than his words, and who himself took the name of a deacon, St. Francis of Assisi.



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