Congratulations to Br Gladson Dabre OSA, who was ordained Deacon in St Joseph's Broomhouse on Saturday 21st October 2017.
Br Gladson's Diaconate Ordination comes not long after professing his Solemn Vows as an Augustinian, at St Monica's Church, Hoxton. It is his final step before being ordained to the priesthood. Ordination to the Diaconate means he can carry out certain rites in the church, including baptisms, weddings and funerals. Deacons are also eligible to preach, and Br Gladson delivered his first homily with confidence and style, signalling great things to come in the future.
He was ordained by Bishop Michael Campbell OSA, Bishop of Lancaster, in front of a packed church and his fellow Augustinian colleagues. In true Broomhouse style, it was followed by a parish celebration.
Br Gladson has taken up residence at St Augustine's Priory in Hammersmith, where he has been appointed as Vocations Director for the Augustinians in the UK. He will be instrumental in the running of the Augustinian Vocations Discernment Community in London, with the aim of hopefully recruiting more young men to the Order and prolonging their service in their various parishes in the UK.
As a parish, we wish Br Gladson well in his new ministry. We know his role as Vocations Director will involve much travelling back and forth, so are certain he won't be a stranger.
Br Arthur Bolivar OSA, who made his Solemn Profession at the same time as Br Gladson will be ordained a Deacon on Sat 18 November 2017 in St Mary's Church, Harborne. We also keep him in our prayers.