Ordination to the priesthood of Deacon Anthony Grant Crook
July 10, 2020
Ordination, Vocations, Clergy life
Bishop Brian Mascord wishes to invite all in the diocese to join together as a virtual congregation for the ordination of Deacon Anthony Crook to the priesthood tomorrow (Saturday 11 July) at 10:30am—livestreamed from St John Vianney Co-Cathedral on our Youtube Channel (also available below).
Due to COVID restrictions, there will only be a limited number of clergy and family, friends present at the ordination, but we’ve been working tirelessly behind the scenes to ensure the ordination is an enriching experience for who wish to participate via our livestream.
You can follow along with the ordination by downloading the official ordination Mass booklet.
Deacon Anthony is currently ministering at the parishes of St Thomas Aquinas Bowral and St Michael’s Mittagong alongside Fr Sean Cullen. We ask that you pray for Deacon Anthony as he enters the order of the presbyterate.
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Our diocesan logo is theologically rich and very succinct. As a hand, it depicts our mission as a diocese and as individuals within the diocese, of bearing (bringing, carrying) Christ’s love to one another and to the world around us. In this, we are the hand of Jesus Christ, and we are offering ourselves to him so that he might work through us.
We can be the bearers of his love only as a response to his call and in the strength of his grace. We are reminded of this in two ways—through the symbol of the dove (the Holy Spirit) also present in the logo, and by the incorporation of the cross that segments the logo. The presence of the cross is a reminder that bearing the love of Christ will inevitably cost us if we live it authentically. However, in the way that the Cross is the portent of redemption and life—an echo of the tree of life in the book of Genesis—so becoming bearers of the love of Christ will also bring us to life.
The four fingers of the hand also represent the four regions of our diocese. The first is bluerepresenting the beautiful water of the Shoalhaven. The second is a blue and green combination representing the waters and escarpment of the Illawarra. The third is greendepicting the hills and plains of the Macarthur. The fourth is dark green illustrating the forests of the Southern Highlands.