Ordination of Michael Barrett 15 June 2016 at St Paul’s Outside the Walls, Rome.
Michael Barrett was the head teacher of St Anne’s Primary School appointed by Fr Ambrose when he was Parish Priest in 1991. He remained head until July 2013. At the winter half term in 2005 his
wonderful wife Jackie Barrett died unexpectedly. Given time to absorb, and think and taking into consideration his two daughters Angela and Christina, he came to the conclusion that he might like to try his vocation to be a priest in the Archdiocese of Liverpool. There is a process to go through when thinking about a vocation, and Michael was accepted for the Archdiocese to start training, and in that year he went to the famous Venerable Beda College, Rome (named after St Bede the Venerable, the great English monastic saint who died in the year 735 AD in Jarrow, North East England.)
This year on the 15 June 2016 he was ordained a deacon for the Archdiocese of Liverpool alongside 7 other men, and it was Archbishop Malcolm McMahon who presided at the celebration. It was a wonderful moment to be in this basilica which was built by the first Christian Roman Emperor, Constantine and the first Church was consecrated in the year 324 AD. This is the site where St Paul was beheaded and it is possible to this day to venerate the spot where he is buried inside the Church.
Here are some amateur photographs taken by Fr. Jonathan Cotton, the Parish priest of St Mary’s Leyland, of the event.
God willing next year he will be ordained priest and it is hoped at St Mary’s in Leyland on Saturday 15 July 2017 at 10.00am. Please check on the website nearer the time if you are interested in attending.