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On Sunday 18 July Archbishop Malcolm ordained four men to the Permanent Diaconate in the Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King, to serve in the Isle of Man, Penwortham, St Helens and West Derby.


In his homily the Archbishop referred to images of the Diaconate including acting as a bridge between the Church and the world – carrying the peace of the Risen Lord to the local community – and acting as models of service through the Ministry of Charity by bringing God’s love to others.


Our new Deacons are:


Alan Molloy who is 64 years old, Irish by birth but has lived on the Isle of Man for approximately 35 years in Port Erin in the south of the island.  He has been married to Helen for almost 39 years and they have two adult sons, Hugh, who is married and lives in Wales and elder son Alexander who lives on the Isle of Man.


Alan is self-employed, working as business consultant and independent director, following a career in the financial sector, initially in Dublin where he and his wife grew up and met, and, then on the Isle of Man.


Alan says, ‘Helen, my wife, has been a great supporter of my diaconal journey and, whilst I may be the eldest of the Liverpool diaconal ordinations for 2021, I feel blessed, energised and privileged to be joining the ranks of the diaconate in the Archdiocese’.


David Lawson is 55 years old and lives in Sutton St Helens.  Married to Paula for the 29 years they have two children Maddison 15 and Matthew 13.  He is a Senior Lecturer working for Edgehill University based in Manchester, teaching undergraduate and postgraduate students in the profession of Operating Department Practice (ODP) and especially surgical first assisting - working in a operating theatre.  He has worked both in the NHS and in the private sector for twenty-four years and has been teaching in higher education for the last nine years.


David says, ‘My family and friends have fully supported me on my diaconate journey, and I am so blessed for all the support and encouragement I have received.  I am looking forward to my service to the Church and the people of my parish or parishes.  As Pope Francis recently said, “we are all called to lower ourselves because Jesus lowered Himself” - as we all prostrate ourselves during the ordination, we do so with humbleness, charity and a profound desire to serve the people of God’.


John Sargent will minister in the Leyland pastoral area in the northern part of the archdiocese with a base in his home parish of St Mary Magdalen and St Teresa in Penwortham.  John is married to Clare with two adult sons, Brendan and Aidan.


He is a member of the L’Arche Community, previously in Liverpool and now in the Preston community serving in full-time work as a member of the L’Arche International support team, leading the process to create a new Charter for the Federation of L’Arche Communities, and in the international formation team.

Looking forward to his ministry John says, ‘I am excited to continue this diaconal journey as we prepare to implement the Synod recommendations in the archdiocese’.


Andrew Cleary is married to Elizabeth and has two teenage children Joseph and Anna.


He has worked in the NHS since 1987 when he started his nurse training. He currently works as the Senior Manager for Critical Care and Pain Services at Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Trust.


Andrew attends St Paul's and St Timothy's churches in West Derby and is an active member of the parish community including the ‘Laudato Si’ Group as well as the Knights of St Columba.


Through his work with the Knights, he has had the opportunity to work ecumenically and supported the volunteer programme at St Johns the Baptist church, Tuebrook, foodbank.


Andrew says, ‘the opportunities to serve the wider community have helped me through my formation journey.  To be ordained Deacon and to be called to serve the Church through the Ministry of the Word, Altar and Charity is a great honour and I look forward to witnessing to the Good News of Jesus Christ with my fellow Christians’.

Ordination of Deacons

In his homily the Archbishop referred to images of the Diaconate including acting as a bridge between the Church and the world


L-R Alan Molloy, David Lawson, Archbishop Malcolm, John Sargent, Andrew Cleary