Rev Mr John Body - Parish Deacon
John was a late comer to the church, baptised within the Church of England as a baby, but only confirmed in 1993 after moving to Lancing. With his interest stirred up he studied for the Bishop’s Certificate, and was very active in the Anglican Church. John came to find that his understanding and faith followed Catholic beliefs, and so he continued with further study for the CCRS (Catholic Certificate in Religious Studies) and a diploma in Religious Education at the University of Brighton. During this time, together with his family, John became a Roman Catholic and received into the Church in 1998. A year later a letter from the university invited him for a further two years of study for extra modules to take my qualification up to a BA (hons) in Religious Education Studies.
John became very involved in the Catholic Church, as a reader, an altar server, and as a Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion. As a lay person John had led house groups and had been leading various services in church, such as Stations of the Cross, Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, and services of Word and Communion.
A number of parishioners started to suggest to John that he should become a deacon, and had also been suggesting this to the priest, Fr Peter Edwards. One day he approached John with the comment ‘Can we have a word’. The word was ‘deacon’, and after prayer, consideration, and various interviews John was enrolled for the three year course for the formation of Permanent Deacons at the Diocesan Seminary, Wonersh in 2001. John was ordained to the Permanent Diaconate on 30th June 2004, a day on which he and his wife, Sue, also celebrated twenty five years of married life together. It is a date that is symbolic to them of lifelong commitment.