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Pray as you go – Daily prayer downloads for MP3 players. Combines music, Scripture, and questions for reflection.

Jesuit Vocations – Britain

Diocese of Westminster – Vocations

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A Faith Journey from Karachi to Westminster

According to the diocesan news, on Sat the 19th of July 2014 three new permanent deacons were ordained for Westminster: Justin Cross, Ian Edwards and our parishioner Stephen Khokhar. 14702824596_ce2935fbef_z

In his homily, the Cardinal/Archbishop echoed the words of Pope Francis and the ever-refreshing witness given to us by Francesco d’Assisi: “…the deacon is to be an apostle in his family, in his employment, in his community and on the new frontiers of our mission in the world today. He is to be an apostle of service, proclamation and charity, working with his fellow deacons, in close unity with the priests and in faithful communion with his bishop.”

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14539364887_b35c386e65_z14539149570_5d6cdf3335_zStephen’s personal journey was a long and challenging one. He expressed it in the following reflection:

“I was born into a catholic family in Karachi, Pakistan in 1968.  I am the second eldest in my family of six children.  I come from a strong catholic family with many priest’s, nun’s and catechists within it, although I spend my childhood living in a Islamic country. I was educated in catholic missionary schools, in Karachi, Pakistan.

In 1994 I was married to my wife Rita and I came to the UK in 1995.  We have been blessed with two sons during our marriage.14745696123_0bf1e33565_z

I am currently attending St. Anselm’s Church in Southall, and I am also serving the Pakistani community on a monthly basis for mass in Urdu.  Since my childhood I have had a great desire to serve the Lord.  After speaking with my parish priest he suggested that I found out about the Permanent Diaconate.

My vocation has been strengthened by the Ignatian Spirituality.  In 2011 I joined the St. John’s seminary in Wonersh, and after four years study I completed my degree in Pastoral ministry.

I am currently working at Heathrow airport and I have been appointed by His Eminence Cardinal Vincent Nichols as a chaplain at Heathrow. 14539387357_42efdd7390_z

I extend my heartfelt gratitude to all those who have accompanied me in my vocation, especially my family, friends, companions and formators.”

If you wish to learn more about this particular ministry and its stages of formation, please click on the link provided below:

Welcome to the Permanent Diaconate section of the Westminster Vocations website.