Let us give a warm welcome to Paul Hewitt, our candidate for the permanent diaconate who would introduce himself to the parish community during masses this weekend. Please take a moment to greet Paul and make him feel your support.
Good Evening. My name is Paul Hewitt. I have been a parishioner here at Our Lady of Victories since 2005. I am married to Maria, who many of you will know, and we have two grown-up children, no longer living at home. We are both trained and qualified as professional social workers and met at work many years ago.
I have worked in Local Authority settings for almost 35 years, and I am currently the statutory Director for Children’s Services Harrow Council. I have overall responsibility in the Council for Children and Adult Services, Public Health, Schools and Education. So, what is it to be a Deacon? To be a Deacon is to be a man of service. Service on the Altar, and most importantly service in the community. It is a particular charisma of the Deacon to be engaged in the things of this world in the community and in the world of work.
I am now in formation to be ordained as a deacon. That formation includes completing further studies at St Mary’s University over the next three years; and it also involves formation in the spiritual life both on an individual level, and with my wife, but also as part of the spiritual life of this Parish.
My wife and I ask for your support and your prayers in this period of formation. I hope to be of service to the Church more widely and to this parish in particular, and with your prayers, God’s will be done. I look forward to seeing you around in the parish over the next few months, as I find my way in this life of service.
Please pray for me, Paul Hewitt
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