A new deacon

Tomorrow our diocese of Groningen-Leeuwarden will gain a new transitional deacon: Mr. Tjitze Tjepkema (46) will receive the ordination from the hands of Bishop Gerard de Korte at the church of St. Boniface in Leeuwarden. In May or June of next year he will be ordained to the priesthood.

Mr. Tjepkema is a former Protestant minister who became a Catholic in 2007, only a few months after me. He studied for the diaconate and priesthood in Italy and has already started working in parishes in the south of the province of Drenthe.

As a sign of his duty to proclaim the Gospel, a deacon receives the word of God at his ordination

Photo credit: Sarah K. McIntyre

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