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Friday, February 24, 2017
Five new deacons for Clifton
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¬†The Bishop of Clifton, Right Reverend Declan Lang, will ordain five deacons in Clifton Cathedral, Bristol, this Saturday. Four men will be ordained as permanent deacons; Ken Fowler from Chard, John Torr from Tewkesbury, Stephen Godwin and John Detain both from Salisbury. Mark Moran who is training to be a priest for the Clifton Diocese will also be ordained deacon at the Mass. The celebration is indicative of the large area of the country the Clifton diocese covers, with those being ordained coming from Somerset, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire and the ordination in the Mother Church of the Diocese in Bristol. Ken Fowler came to Ilminster in Somerset from Upminster in Essex during the 1990s following a successful career in banking. Having been received into the Catholic church in 1994, Ken, together with his wife Jenny; have been devoted in serving the local Catholic community. This has been done in particular with his musical talent. Ken will be the third deacon to have come from the Chard parish in the past 20 years. John Torr spent a large part of his working life with the Royal Air Force taking early retirement in 1998. He lives in Tewkesbury and with his wife Audrey. John's career background along and organisational skills will be a great resource to St Joseph's parish. Stephen Godwin and John Detain are from the same parish in Salisbury; St Gregory and the English Martyrs. Stephen works with people on the margins of society and John as a radiographer with the National Health Service. Since the start of their formation programme four years ago, Stephen and his wife Margaret have become proud grandparents. Whilst John and Catherine had the joys of seeing their older children become teenagers and their youngest son start primary school. Both men are members of the Alabarť Community, well known in the Salisbury area, for its wide range of work with people affected by social problems. Mark Moran grew up in Bolton and attended St Joseph's Catholic secondary school in Horwich. Before accepting the opportunity to discern whether he had a vocation to the priesthood he worked in two very different areas of industry, first as a chef and then as an administrator. He was accepted by Bishop Declan Lang of Clifton in May 2002, having already completed four years of training for the diocese of Salford, and given the opportunity to carry out a nine month placement in the parish of The Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary, Cheltenham. He is completing his academic formation at the Missionary Institute in London. The Director of Formation for Clifton Diocese, Father Bernard Massey, said: "The ordination will be a great day for these men but the real joy of the occasion for many parishioners will be when they are welcomed back with open arms and hearts by their home communities. They are all very different people with different talents and skills but they are united by their love of service and their devotion to their families both in their homes and in their churches". The ordinations take place at Clifton Cathedral on Pembroke Road, Clifton, Bristol on Saturday 10 July at 11.30am. Further information about the diaconate and Clifton Diocese can be found by visiting
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