ARCHDIOCESE OF CANBERRA AND GOULBURN REPORT: The Archdiocese has welcomed its newest deacon after Joshy Kurien was ordained by Archbishop Mark Coleridge last week.
Deacon Kurien is from Kerala in south-west India and arrived in Canberra last year to prepare for ordination to the diaconate.
Raised in a family with “strong Catholic faith”, Deacon Kurien said his parents were always supportive of his aspirations and the move overseas.
“They understand this is a genuine call, so they are happy for me,” he said.
After arriving in Canberra, Deacon Kurien visited some of the parishes within the Archdiocese to “get a sense of what it is all about.”
“I went to parishes in Canberra, Batemans Bay and Moruya, and that gave me a good taste of this Archdiocese, so it was a good start,” he said.
“It helped me realise I am at home here.”
From 15 December he will serve as a deacon in South Tuggeranong parish.