As we remember John and those ordained alongside him we thank God for the great blessings deacons bring to our parishes and our dioceses.
Every deacon prays in the morning when they wake and in the evening before they retire to bed. Each day in their ministry they meet the Lord in the service of the faithful. With the Archbishops blessing the deacon is sent forth to accomplish the spiritual and corporal works of mercy.
Deacon John and his fellow deacons are and were outstanding servants of the Lord and the parish they are appointed to. They worked hard in so many ways. The deacon visits the sick and housebound, assists the priest at Holy Mass. His ministry takes him into homes, to prisons, to hospitals, care homes, hospices and much, much more!
As we remember with grateful thanks the outstanding ministry of Deacon John the exemplary support given by his loving and caring wife, Margaret, we offer a prayer for Con Diver and his wife,
Carmel and his family and all who are studying or contemplating the life of service – the life of a deacon.
Please take a moment to pray for vocations and those in formation.
I wrote this prayer a number years ago, you might find it helpful:
O God, we thank You for the generations of Priests and Deacons who have served You and the Church in this land.
We ask and beg in prayer that from this generation more holy men will step forward to serve You, To stand at the Altar and offer the Sacred Mysteries.
We need such men O’Lord
We need such men O’Lord – Please hear our prayer.
Send us good and loyal servants of Holy Mother Church,
Ready to joyfully proclaim the Good News,
Ready to share out Your love,
Ready to proclaim Your Mercy and Forgiveness,
Ready in joyful moments to thank You,
Ready in sad moments to offer Your consolation and love,
Ever ready to serve You as a Priest or Deacon day in and day out, in good times and in difficult and challenging times.
O’Lord, send them soon, we need them up and down this land.