Mervyn Francis

Journey towards the Diaconate

Dear friends,

I would like to take this opportunity to give you a brief story about myself and journey towards becoming a Deacon.

I migrated to Australia in Feb 1987, with my Wife Rita, daughter Diana and my Parents Joseph and Theresa Francis.

Coming from a religious family, I was encouraged from a very early age to attend mass and to get involved in the Church. If anyone wanted to find me they knew that I would be in the church. From an early age my family always thought that I would end up becoming a priest.

I always believed that I had a vocation to serve the Lord and the Church; I was an Altar server from age of about five years till I completed my high school. I have been an Acolyte for almost 20 years. The calling to serve the Lord that I felt when I was young remained with me even in my adulthood. It was as if there was still something I am called to do even now as a happily married man.

In 2009 I heard that there was a diaconate program starting in the Archdiocese of Sydney. I applied and was selected by Cardinal George Pell to start my studies and formation. I have been in formation for over four years, and studying for a theology degree at the Catholic Institute of Sydney, and at the same time working full time.

While in formation I have been doing pastoral placement in different parishes, and for the last two years I have been privileged to serve at John the Baptist parish under the guidance of Fr Michael McLean and currently Fr Kelvin Lovegrove.

Thanks be to God and my wife's encouragement and support, I have now completed my studies and training. Our Archbishop has accepted me for Orders and will ordained me to the Holy Order of Deacons on the 26th of March 2015 at St Mary's Cathedral.

On my family's behalf, thank you all for your prayers and support.

In Christ,

Mervyn Francis.