Dear Friends in Christ,
I would like to address you on the reactions to the recent publication of the Pastoral Letter on the Permanent Diaconate.
I have listened very carefully to the observations and concerns raised by individuals and groups in the diocese. It was my intention with the invitation to further explore different ministries open to us in the Church at the moment for the benefit of all the community.
In the light of the conversations held over the past weeks and in the interest of allowing the further implementation of the Pastoral Plan I will not now proceed with the introduction of the Permanent Diaconate at this time in the diocese.
I believe that the level of engagement shown by the recent dialogue has brought to the surface a sign of the energy and commitment of many people in our church. I encourage this dialogue to continue as I believe it will bring great benefits to the Church in the Diocese and the mission entrusted to all of us by Jesus Christ.
The implementation of the Pastoral Plan over the coming years remains a priority for the diocese.
Yours in Jesus Christ,