The Catholic Church across Yorkshire's historic West Riding since 1878

The Catholic Church across Yorkshire's historic West Riding since 1878

Permanent Diaconate

Deacon Keith Ballard was ordained deacon by Bishop David Konstant on 8th December 1994. He has worked in the field of Catholic Education for more than 30 years and served as a Headteacher in a Catholic (11 -19) college.

Keith holds a teaching degree from the University of Manchester, and later completed a post-graduate diploma in Catholic Religious Education at Newman University College, Birmingham and an MA at St Mary’s University College, London.

In 2015 he was appointed Director for the Permanent Diaconate by Bishop Marcus Stock and is a member of the Board of Directors for the Northern Diaconal Training Partnership. He is currently the General Secretary to the National Conference of Directors of Deacons for England and Wales and serves as Catholic Chaplain to the University of Huddersfield.  He is qualified to offer spiritual accompaniment in the Ignatian tradition and is regularly involved in giving talks and days of reflection for school staff and parish groups.

He is currently based in the Parish of the Holy Redeemer in Huddersfield.  

Thinking about a possible vocation to the permanent Diaconate?

When someone feels that God may be calling them to serve as a deacon, they should first contact the Director for the Permanent Diaconate (keith.ballard@dioceseofleeds.org.uk) who will arrange to listen to their experience and offer information and guidance about how to proceed.  Enquirers should be men (married or single) who are living the Catholic faith in accordance with the teachings of the Church and should normally be between 30 and 60 years of age.  Those who make a formal application attend a selection day at Hinsley Hall Pastoral Centre in Leeds, which is usually held in June each year.

Those recommended, and who are accepted by the Bishop, meet regularly with candidates from the other Northern Dioceses of England and Wales over a number of weekends each year.  They reflect on and study scripture, prayer, liturgy and pastoral theology and they experience a residential retreat. They also meet regularly with a spiritual director and undertake some practical work in a parish.  During their first two years of formation, candidates also follow an online course in pastoral theology with the Loyola University of Chicago. The workload is carefully managed and presented in a supportive atmosphere as we are conscious that candidates will also have their existing professional and family responsibilities to meet in addition to their studies, and that most candidates have done little previous study related to ministry.

The programme of formation takes four years in total to complete and is designed to help deepen each candidate’s prayer life and his desire to make the love of God known to all.  We aim to equip him to minister in the Church and wider communities, to encourage others to do the same, and to imitate the Lord Jesus who ‘came not to be served but to serve’  (Mk 10:45).

Newly ordained deacons are appointed by the Bishop to their local deanery and work under the guidance of a parish priest.  Deacons serve most visibly when they proclaim the Gospel and assist at the altar at Mass; they preside at weddings and funerals; they take Viaticum to the dying and fulfil other parish duties as the need arises.  They may also be assigned to a wide variety of chaplaincy roles in schools, hospitals, prisons and universities.

Our Deacons

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David
Arblaster
Title
Rev
Parish
Harrogate, St Aelred
Qualifications
MPhil, MBA
Nick
Baggio
Title
Rev
Parish
Bradford, St Joseph
Keith
Ballard
Title
Rev
Parish
Huddersfield, Holy Redeemer
Barry
Barton
Title
Rev
Parish
Serving in the Diocese of Southwark
Martin
Cawley
Title
Rev
Parish
Yeadon, SS Peter & Paul
Charles
Conner
Title
Rev
Parish
Wetherby, St Joseph
Joseph
Cortis
Title
Rev
Parish
Leeds, Mother of Unfailing Help
Peter
Crinnion
Title
Rev
Parish
Morley, St William of York
Patrick
Kelly
Title
Rev
Parish
Batley Carr, St Joseph
Michael
Leahy
Title
Rev
Parish
Leeds, St John Mary Vianney; Ilkley, Sacred Heart
John
Lythe
Title
Rev
Parish
Leeds, Mother of Unfailing Help
David
Marshall
Title
Rev
Thomas
Marshall
Title
Rev
Parish
Leeds, Blessed John Henry Newman
Michael C
Mkpadi
Title
Rev
Parish
Leeds, Mother of Unfailing Help
Edwin
Murphy
Title
Rev
Parish
Clifford, St Edward
Gerry
O'Donnell
Title
Rev
Parish
Leeds, St Margaret Clitherow
Andrew
Phillips
Title
Rev
Parish
Huddersfield, Holy Redeemer
Sean
Quigley
Title
Rev
Parish
Leeds, Blessed John Henry Newman
Qualifications
BA, BD (Hons)
Harry
Rowan
Title
Rev
Parish
Skipton, St Stephen
Peter
Rudd
Title
Rev
Parish
Uppermill, Sacred Heart
Nicholas
Shields
Title
Rev
Parish
Dewsbury/Pontefract & Wakefield Deaneries
John
Walsh
Title
Rev
Parish
Halifax, St Mary and St Alban