Franciscan deacon feels call to serve poor, work for justice

Friar Aiden Peter ordaination as deacon-363
Franciscan Friar Aiden Peter at his diaconal ordination Mass. Photo: VITA Images

Bernadette Lee

“You are here not to be served, but to serve.”

This was the message Archbishop William Goh gave to Franciscan Friar Aiden Peter at his diaconal ordination Mass.

The Feb 3 ceremony at the Church of St Mary of the Angels marked the final stage of Deacon Aiden’s preparations for priestly ordination.

Archbishop Goh reminded the friar that as a “minister of the Gospel, he has to show himself “chaste and beyond reproach in his actions” and to bring the message of hope to those who need to hear the voice of God.

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