Anthony Grant, from Forest Gate, and five other students were ordained Deacon by Cardinal James Harvey in the college chapel at Beda College in Rome on 17 June. Cardinal Harvey referred to them as the ‘Covid Deacons’ and because of the pandemic, the ordinations took place without guests and with strict protocols of masking and sanitizing. The ordinands included Michael Smith from our neighbouring Diocese of East Anglia and Christopher Butler from the Diocese of Leeds.
Rev Tony Grant said: “The diaconate was a very special day, full of blessings and prayers from so many places in the world. Blessings of Christ on you all.”