SONY DSCOn Sunday 23rd June (Pentecost Sunday) Bishop Peter Stasiuk, C.Ss.R., raised Richard Charlwood to the minor orders of reader and subdeacon by the imposition of hands. The new subdeacon is a language teacher, now living in Perth who is well known there for his skill as a writer of icons. He has been a cantor in the Ukrainian Greek Catholic parish of St John the Baptist for several years.

The ceremony was attended by Fr Kevin Cummins, Melkite Catholic Priest, currently serving in Perth and his wife Roula; Fr Christopher Ross O.S.M. (Servite Friar), a former colleague of Richard from Servite College; and Fr Stephen Truscott S.M. (Marist Father) who is a long-time friend of Richard.

In his homily, Bishop Peter recalled that Pentecost commemorates that, even though fearful, the Apostles were encouraged by the Spirit. Discipleship was not easy either then or now. Today we also are blessed by the gifts of the Spirit – love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, trustfulness and self-control.

A reception was held after Divine Liturgy in the parish hall and catered for by the ladies of the parish. Bishop Peter commended Richard for the step which he had taken and encouraged him to put his gifts at the service of the parish. Richard thanked all those who had supported and helped him thus far on this journey of faith and vocation. He reflected that the word deacon refers to one of the most menial tasks – that of serving at table. He hopes to serve the church and the parish of St John the Baptist.