Dreaming Of
Becoming A Priest

Cabra Road,

Cabra Road,

Thurles.

14th July 2012.

Dear Editor,

To all who may be interested in my story, published on 6th June in the Tipperary Star, this is a follow up to my letter to Archbishop Charles Brown, Papal Nuncio, asking him to ask His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI to allow me to be ordained a Deacon in the Catholic Church. This was following on the ordination of 8 married men to this position in the Dublin Archdiocese on June 4th.

I received a letter from Archbishop Brown on Thursday last, giving me the news that I knew in my heart I would receive. It seems that deaconesses, which I would be, did not have the same liturgical role as men ordained to the diaconate, especially in the Church of the first millennium and also canon 1024 of the Cole of Canon Law states that ordination may be validly received only by men who have already received baptism. Therefore he didn’t ask the Pope for me, knowing what the answer would be.

I am angry and sad at the same time over this and will have to move on to plan B now. There is a lovely Psalm which is consoling at this time. Ps 126. The first verse says - “If the Lord does not build the house, then in vain do its builders labour”.

If the Lord does not arrange or gift me with Ordination, then do I labour for nothing, but if this is the Lord’s dream for me, then I can dream of becoming a Priest some day. I’ll keep in touch.

Marese Skehan