The Catholic Parish of Christchurch South

 

A  DEACON TO JOIN OUR PARISH STAFF and MARIST COMMUNITY

 

We have been advised by our Provincial that BEN D’SOUZA sm has been appointed to our Parish Staff and  to the Society of Mary community at Spencer Street.

Ben was born in Bombay and his family moved to NZ in 2000.  He attended Marcellin College and then went to the University of Auckland where he graduated in 2010 with a BSc in marine biology.  In 2011 he studied for a graduate diploma in education and in 2012 attended the Catholic Discipleship College.  He entered the Marist Seminary in 2013.

Ben has recently returned from Rome where he has completed his theological training.  Last year in Rome he made his Final Profession as a member of the Society of Mary and was also ordained a deacon.

When Ben returned home to NZ last month, he spent two weeks in isolation in a hotel in Auckland and he is now having time with his parents and family in Auckland.

Ben will be arriving in Christchurch on 20th August.  He will be ordained to the priesthood towards the end of this year in Auckland.

In a recent instruction from Rome entitled “The pastoral conversion of the parish community in the service of the evangelising mission of the Church” there was a section on Deacons.  The document states that deacons “are ordained ministers with the specific task, by virtue of the Sacrament received, to serve the People of God in the ministries of the liturgy, the word and charity.” (n.79). Pope Francis, in this same document states that deacons “are the guardians of service in the Church: service to the Word, service to the Altar, service to the poor.”

This will be a new experience for many of us to have a deacon ministering in our parish.  We look forward to Ben’s arrival and I am sure you will make him feel at home here in the Catholic Parish of Christchurch South.

 

Fr Peter Head sm

Parish Priest