Sunday 10th September. 2017 was an historic day for the Diocese of Cork and Ross. Frank McKevitt and David Lane were ordained Permanent Deacons at 3.00 pm in the North Cathedral. Up to this year, 53 have been ordained and there are 70 in formation of whom 22 will be ordained this autumn. David and Frank are the first permanent deacons to be ordained for Cork and Ross. This was also a very significant day of their family and friends who joined with them in this celebration. We congratulate Frank and David, and their families, on their ordination and we will keep them in our prayers as they begin their ministry in the Diocese.
Rev. David Lane
David was born in November 1970 to Michael and Mary Lane, the middle child in a family of nine. David and Siobhan were married in 1997 and their three children are Andrew (17), Caitriona (14) and Michael (11). Family has always been important to David and has shaped his life. He works as as manager of HSE addiction services in Cork and Kerry Community Healthcare, and has been involved in this area of work for some fifteen years. The services support some of the most vulnerable people in society, and David is conscious that often during the course of his working life he has had to trust in God that decisions he makes make will bring about positive change for people in need of understanding, support and love.
He studied for a certificate in Theology on 2005 and enjoyed the experience. He came to know much more about the faith and also became aware of the restoration of the Permanent Diaconate following the Second Vatican Council. David hopes and prays that he will be a worthy participant in the threefold diaconate ministry of liturgy, word and charity of for many years to come.
Rev. Frank McKevitt
Originally from Dundalk Co. Louth, Frank grew up in a large family, coming to Cork at eleven years of age. He attended Coláiste Chríost Rí in Turners Cross. An accountant in public practice, he works in the city centre. An active member of the Scouting movement for many years, he continues to have an involvement in the Lough Parish Unit. He and Rena have been married for twenty-eight years, their three sons are Darragh, Brian, & Conor. They have has lived in the parish of Christ the King for 25 years, and Frank says he became involved in parish life through the example of many people. He was a founding member and first chairperson of the Turner’s Cross Parish Pastoral Assembly.
Frank began his Diaconate journey four years ago, with the support of Rena and their sons. That journey has enriched his family, spiritual, and professional life. Referring to the old saying that it takes a village to rear a child, Frank comments it takes a parish community to foster a Diaconate vocation, and he will be forever grateful for the prayers and encouragement of the parish and the Diocesan support group.