SAS man ordained a deacon
In what could have been a sign from above, the grey skies over Brisbane cleared last Saturday for the ordination of Brenton Fry as a permanent deacon in the Military Ordinariate.
The Catholic Leader reports that Deacon Fry had been preparing for a rainy day for his ordination, but when he woke on the morning of his ordination there was not a cloud in the sky.
The 20-year veteran of the Australian Army was ordained a deacon at St Joan of Arc Chapel, Enoggera Barracks.
Mr Fry said the celebration was held outside the chapel to accommodate the 150 people who attended.
Family, friends and colleagues surrounded the Grovely parishioner as Military Ordinariate Bishop Max Davis ordained him a deacon.
Deacon Fry will now spend two years in a parish still to be announced.
His ordination is the culmination of three years of full-time study at St Paul's Theological College.
Deacon Fry is currently serving as a Warrant Officer Class Two in the Australian Army, but he has also served in the elite Special Air Service (SAS).
SAS man ordained a deacon (Catholic Leader 8/12/05)
Guidelines for the Permanent Diaconate (Australian Catholic Bishops Conference, News from the Bishops' November Plenary Meeting, 5/12/05)
LINKS (not necessarily endorsed by Church Resources)
National Committee of Deacons
National Commission for Clergy Life and Ministry
New face for National Commission for Clergy Life and Ministry (Australian Catholic Bishops Conference, News from the Bishops' November Plenary Meeting, 5/12/05)
US priests' morale high, conference president says (Catholic World News 14/11/05)
8 Dec 2005