I had the great privelege not only of going to Gerard Hatton's ordination to the diaconate at Wonersh Seminary but of assisting in vesting him as a deacon, a singular privelege and joy for me.
It was good to be their, our bishop was on good form, there was a real sense that this a diocesan family affair. It was obviously a day of great joy for Gerard's family and for his seminary confreres.
The liturgy was rather beautiful, most of it in English but with the Missa De Angelis.
I have only been back two or three times since my own ordination, so it was quite a pleasure to see the changes that had taken place, especially in the way in which staff and students interacted, it seemed a happy place.
Say a prayer for Gerard that he will grow in zeal and holiness for the Lord and his Church.