A Deacon is an enabler who encourages all baptised to use their gifts in the service of Christ and brings God’s word to believer and unbeliever. 

“It’s the most fantastic thing I’ve ever done in my life.”

That’s the response that Deacon Kevin Hale gives to people when they ask him how he’s finding his vocation as Permanent Deacon now that he’s been ordained three years.

“It really is the most fantastic thing,” he says. “Because I just didn’t realise how much on a high I can get by being with people.”

The role of Deacon goes back to the earliest Church, with the Acts of the Apostles outlining how the Apostles chose seven men as deacons to help them in their ministry of service. The Permanent Diaconate was revitalised at the Second Vatican Council and today Deacons are called to continue these ministries of service, to meet people where they are, especially on the margins.

Deacon Kevin is attached to the Hornsby parish and feels his day to day work is a living expression of the role of Deacon in the Church today.

“In my particular ministry here at Hornsby parish, it starts with being with people at their children’s baptism,” he says. “And that’s always such a happy time! I love to interact with the people, many of whom might not be regular Church-goers, and to connect with them and, often, because of my sense of humour, to laugh with them.

“And it’s the same thing with weddings. They’re such happy occasions and I like to meet with the couple six or seven times in the lead-up to the wedding, getting to know them and preparing them. Then on the day, it can be very personal. I know them and they know me.

“Even though it might sound strange, I’ve found the same thing with funerals, that if you spend time with the family beforehand and try to get to know them and to know something of the deceased person, it just makes it so much more personal and meaningful.”

Deacon Kevin is also involved with the sacramental programs in the parish, which he says is a great joy.

“You’re getting to meet lots of young people and lots of young families and I just try to build a relationship,” he says.

Deacon Kevin says that answering God’s call to become a Permanent Deacon has been life-giving and fulfilling, not just for him, but for his wife Lois, children and grandchildren too, who all maintain an active interest in his ministry.

“What I would say to people is that this ministry is open to any man who really feels the call, even though you might initially think that you’re not worthy to undertake it. The reality is that with God’s help you are worthy. If you hear the call, then talk about it with your family and make further inquiries.”


Catholic Diocese of
Broken Bay

Building 2, 423 Pennant Hills Road
Pennant Hills NSW 2120

PO Box 340
Pennant Hills NSW 1715

Phone 02 9847 0000
Fax 02 9847 0001

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