by PETER GRACE
Two Waikato-based men were ordained as transitional deacons on February 1 in a significant step on their journeys to priesthood.

From left, after the ordination ceremony, Deacon Joseph George, Bishop-Elect Stephen Lowe, Bishop Denis Browne and Deacon Stuart Young and, at rear, Frs Richard Laurenson and Mark O’Keeffe.
From left, after the ordination ceremony, Deacon Joseph George, Bishop-Elect Stephen Lowe, Bishop Denis Browne
and Deacon Stuart Young and, at rear, Frs Richard Laurenson and Mark O’Keeffe.

Stuart Young, from Morrinsville, and Joseph George, from Fairfield in Hamilton, were ordained by Bishop Denis Browne, assisted by several other priests, including Bishop-Elect Stephen Lowe, in St Joseph’s Church, Morrinsville.
Deacon George later told NZ Catholic that he would probably be ordained a priest in about six months time.
Deacon Young said he expected to be ordained to the presbyterate before the end of the year.

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