Deacon Gabriel Wong with his mother Ms Grace Chew and Archbishop.
These were words of encouragement offered by Archbishop William Goh to Gabriel Wong, who was ordained a
deacon on July 25.
This ceremony at the Church of Our Lady of Perpetual Succour on July 25 marks the final stage in his preparation for priestly ordination.
He reminded Deacon Gabriel to “serve with humility, compassion, love … so that Jesus can be seen through you.”
“Our ministry is for the glory of God, not for our own glory,” he said.
Deacon Gabriel, 36, in his address, delivered an emotional message to his mother in Mandarin in which he thanked her for raising him, the only child in his family. His father passed away when he was 13.
In an email interview with Catholic News, Deacon Gabriel said he was looking forward to becoming a priest and journeying with people.
During this period of transition towards the priesthood, the deacon can celebrate the Sacraments of Matrimony and Baptism but not the Mass and the Sacrament of Reconciliation, according to Fr Valerian Cheong, Archdiocesan Vocation
However, the deacon can assist the priest in preaching at Masses.
Fr Valerian said that the transitional diaconate usually lasts for a minimum of six months but that decision is left to the