New National Coordinator for Permanent Diaconate Appointed

Photo courtesy of the Diocese of Sale

Photo courtesy of the Diocese of Sale

Media Release, March 5, 2014

Reverend Deacon Anthony (Tony) Aspinall has been appointed by the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference as the National Coordinator for the Permanent Diaconate.

Deacon Tony is from the Sale Diocese in Victoria, and was ordained to the Diaconate on 14 August, 1998.

Prior to his ordination, he worked for the Shell company in Melbourne in the area of compliance and auditing.

Deacon Tony is married to June and is the father of two children and grandfather to nine.

“My first appointment was to Narre Warren Parish where I was involved in general Parish ministry and was part time Chaplain to the Berwick Villa Maria aged care facility and the Dandenong Hospital Psychiatric wards. I later became part time Chaplain to St Francis Xavier College Beaconsfield.”

“In 2003 I was transferred to Cranbourne Parish and to Full Time Chaplaincy at St Peter’s College Cranbourne and Deacon of St Agatha’s Parish.”

“I have served as a member of The Professional Standards Resources Group Victoria to which I was appointed by Bishop Peter Connors and served six years.”

“In January 2012 I was transferred to my present Parish which has five Mass Centres and three primary schools. For the last twelve months I have been Administrator of the Parishes in Partnership. I have retained my Chaplaincy at St Peter’s College until now and this is currently under review.”

Deacon Tony is a member of the Diocesan Clergy Life and Ministry Committee and I have served as a member of the ACCCLM. Whilst on the Council he worked with Fr Paul Cashen msc and Deacon Paul Simmons to update the guidelines for the Diaconate in Australia.

In January this year I was appointed by the ACBC as National Coordinator of the Diaconate. This is indeed a challenge for me and I hope to be a constructive and productive member of the diaconal community during my appointment.

Deacon Tony is passionate about creating clearer understanding of the ministry of the diaconate.
“There are many possibilities for this ministry amongst the Clergy, including Deacons and aspirants, as well as amongst the Religious and laity. Openness and good will is always productive”, he said.

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