On Saturday 22nd June, the Feast of St John Fisher and Thomas More two red double decker buses left St Augustine’s Catholic Church in Milton Keynes to travel to Northampton Cathedral for the diaconate ordination of Oliver Larkin.

The Catholic diaconate is one of the three ranks of ordained ministry in the Catholic Church, alongside the priesthood and the episcopate (bishops). Deacons are ordained ministers who serve the Church in various capacities, focusing on service, the Word, and liturgy.

Bishop David, who ordained Oliver, said:

“You have heard of the ministry of the diaconate and the breath of God’s Spirit has moved within your heart to bring you this moment as you stand on the threshold of ordination”.

Priests and deacons from across the diocese attended the solemn ceremony for the diocesan chief operating officer. A reception took place in the St Thomas following the service. Bishop David announced that Oliver will serve in his home parish of St Augustines, Milton Keynes supporting the Parish Priest, Fr Emmanuel Okami