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Ordination of three new Permanent Deacons for the Diocese of Cloyne

Bishop William Crean ordained three men as Permanent Deacons for service in the diocese of Cloyne on Sunday 7th October 2018 in St Colman’s Cathedral, Cobh.

The three new permanent deacons are:

Paul Alipini who lives in Cobh and is originally from Nigeria. Pail is married with three children.

John McCarthy, from Ballintotas in the parish of Midleton. John is married and has a grown up son and daughter;

Gerard Rooney, a Wexford native, who lives in Ballymacoda. Gerard is married with a son and daughter.

The new deacons will join six deacons already serving in the diocese. There are now over one hundred permanent deacons serving in Irish parishes. Deacons are part of the ordained ministry of the Church and are called to assist bishops and priests in the service of God’s people. They may be assigned to parishes near their home base and their ministry is part-time owing to the demands of work and family life. However, they are deacons at all times and witnesses to the Gospel in every aspect of life.

Left to Right: John McCarthy, Ger Rooney, Paul Alipini

Left to Right: John McCarthy, Ger Rooney.

Family and friends of Deacon Paul Alipini

Family and friends of Deacon John McCarthy

Family and friends of Deacon Ger Rooney

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