Br Arun Michael Charles SDB was ordained to the diaconate on Saturday 29th November by Archbishop Timothy Costelloe SDB of Perth at St John the Baptist church in Clifton Hill, near Melbourne.
The diaconate ordination Eucharist was attended by many Salesian brothers and priests including the Provincial of the Australia-Pacific province and the Delegate from Cambodia, Fr Roel Soto SDB. The provincial leader of the Salesian Sisters, Sr Edna-Mary MacDonald, and many Sisters also attended the celebration.
In his homily, Archbishop Costelloe said it was a great way to start the Year of Consecrated Life with the diaconate ordination of a religious Salesian, Br Charles Arun. Pope Francis has declared the twelve months from the Advent Season 2014 as the Year of Consecrated Life. The archbishop also invited Br Charles to accept Christ in his life and represent Christ in his service as a deacon.
A number of family members, including the parents of Br. Charles, traveled from India to be part of this joyous and holy celebration.
Following the Eucharist, refreshments were served in the school hall of St John the Baptist.