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New Deacons on the block

Fr Brendan Lane, Rector Corpus Christi College, Monday 7 October 2013

SATURDAY 5 October was a historic day for Corpus Christi College, illustrating its international flavour.  Three Vietnamese students, Sang Ho, Linh Pham and Minh Tran and a Korean student Michael Kong, were all ordained deacons by Archbishop Denis Hart.  In Rome, Matthew Baldwin was ordained a deacon for the archdiocese of Melbourne and in Thermala Kerala, India, Deacon Siju Mukalekalayil was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Sale with Bishop Prowse in attendance.

St Patrick’s Cathedral was full as Sang, Linh, Minh and Michael came forward for their ordination.  The music and singing was provided by the Corpus Christi Schola, a Vietnamese Choir and a Korean Choir.  The readings were in Vietnamese and Korean.

Some visiting priests, family and friends had come from Vietnam and Korea and there was a large representation of these local communities, as well as many parishioners from the Melbourne parishes, where the seminarians had served.

Archbishop Hart reminded the deacons that they were called to serve, to preach the Gospel and to administer sacraments.

At the conclusion of the Mass, Deacon Linh Pham in a fine speech, thanked the Archbishop and all who had helped the deacons along the long journey to diaconate.  He spoke in English, Vietnamese and Korean.

After the Mass, large numbers went to the hall for a meal provided by friends and relatives of the deacons.

Photos by Casamento Photography.

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