Portsmouth Diocese E-News

Congratulations to Deacon Nick Le Cornu




18th June 2018


On Thursday 14th June in Jersey Bishop Philip ordained Nick Le Cornu to the Sacred Order of Deacon. Nick, who is married to Julia, has been a parishioner and altar server in Jersey for the past 10 years. He has written a moving account of his journey to the diaconate...


This has been a wonderful week for myself and my family.  On Monday 11th June I celebrated my ten-year anniversary as a Catholic.  My journey started on April 2nd, 2005, the night Saint Pope John Paul II died.  I knew then that I had to become a Catholic, not long after I met my future wife Julia, then a lapsed Catholic.  In time we decided to marry, and it was during a meeting with our Parish Priest Monsignor Nicholas France that I was asked if I had ever thought about becoming a Catholic.  So, it was as Husband and Wife that myself and my new wife came to the Church together.  Julia was my sponsor at my confirmation so, in many ways, as I was accepted into the Church Julia at the same time came back to the Church. 


Two years later I went with a group of fifty pilgrims to the Holy land.  During this pilgrimage Deacon Iain one of our Parish Deacons asked if I had ever considered a calling to the Diaconate.  In truth there had always been an urge to serve almost like a constant call or, as I have heard it described, an itch that no amount of scratching will stop.  I pondered this for two years.  By this time, I had a young family and this decision was one that had to be carefully considered.  In June 2012, however, I decided to pay a visit to Fr. Nicholas to see what he thought.  I started formation that September.  I can not over-emphasise how important Julia, my wife, has been.  She has supported and encouraged me every step of the way during five years of formation as well as caring for our family while I have been on my monthly weekends away to St Mary’s College Oscott for the lectures which are such an important part of formation.  She has also been sympathetic to the requirements of an adult once again having homework.


Last Thursday 14th June I was ordained a Permanent Deacon.  It was truly a day I will never forget.  A day when in so many ways words are not enough.  I have always been clear in my mind that from the very first moment I embraced the Catholic Church I have been able to see the hand of God every step of my Journey and that was never more powerfully felt then during my ordination.   The Lord has always been with me as has the support of many people within my parish community and, of course, Julia my wife.  I am honoured to be here in Jersey, a parish within the Diocese or Portsmouth, as one who serves.




If you are interested in finding out more about the diaconate in our diocese, please contact the Diocesan Director of the Diaconate, Fr Peter Hart.


Photographs by Claudio Vieira Photography. 







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