Former Abbey student ordained deacon

April 8, 2013

A former Abbey Grammar student was one of four seminarians ordained deacons in Rome on Tuesday last.

Brian Fitzpatrick (35) is a qualified doctor, having graduated from Trinity College Dublin.  In 1995 he represented the Abbey Grammar in the Young Scientists competition where he won his category.

The ordination took place at Pontifical Irish College, Rome where the deacons were joined by family and friends from Ireland.

Commenting on the ordination, the Rector of the College, Monsignor Ciaran O’Carroll, said that “it is heartening to witness the courage and dedication of these four men as they begin their life of ministry and service of the Gospel and the Catholic Church in Ireland”.

The four were among students of the Irish College who assisted newly elected Pope Francis during the Good Friday liturgy in Saint Peter’s Basilica and are currently studying theology at the Jesuit-run Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome.

Students for the priesthood are ordained deacons prior to their ordination as priests.  A deacon is called to embody the work of Christ in charity, in the word and at the altar. There are as many ways of serving: deacons can baptise, witness marriages, bring viaticum to the dying, visit the sick and housebound, assist in sacramental preparation, promote knowledge of the social teaching of the Church, and preside at funerals. Deacons proclaim the Gospel and may serve as the homilist at Mass.