On Saturday 4 December, Neil Haggerstone was ordained a deacon at St Cuthbert’s Chapel, Ushaw.

The Mass was celebrated by Bishop Robert Byrne CO and attended by clergy and many of Neil’s family and friends from his parish, Our Lady of the Rosary in Peterlee.

Neil says of his journey to becoming a deacon, “The experience of formation and in ordination revealed my true inner self and how through the power of the Holy Spirt gave me strength to share that love through service as Deacon. I am also truly humbled to have received such love and support from my family, friends and parishioners throughout my years of formation.

Click on the Flickr album opposite to view a selection of images from the ordination.