Roderick Pirotta is excited about his upcoming ordination to the permanent diaconate for the Parramatta Diocese and is looking forward to the continuation of his call to ministry. Source: Catholic Outlook.
"To me, the diaconate is a way of life, not just the celebration on the ordination day and I’ve been living that way of life for as long as I’ve been married,” he says.
Mr Pirotta, as well as Roque Dias, John Cinya and Thong Nguyen will be ordained to the diaconate on February 22 at St Patrick’s Cathedral, Parramatta.
Mr Pirotta and his wife, Kathryn Fitzgibbon, who celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary in November, met when he was the president of a social club for single Catholics.
“It was the last day of my presidency in May 1993, and I saw Kathryn walk in and knew she was going to be my wife,” Mr Pirotta said.
“I initially didn’t feel that same way," Ms Fitzgibbon laughed. "I just saw this stalker from across the room. But we got on very well, and we thought let’s give it a go.”
They were engaged six months later and married the following year.
Prior to marriage, Mr Pirotta was a member of the Jesuit order from 1983 to 1989.
“I always wanted to be a brother, not a priest. I see the vocation of the brotherhood as similar to that of the vocation of the diaconate – brothers are there to serve and to be a support for the priest,” Mr Pirotta said.
Helping and serving people has always been in Mr Pirotta’s nature. He works part-time as a clinical nurse consultant in dementia and mental health.
“My work as a nurse, dealing with these clients who are living with mental health and dementia, helps me to see the Eucharist in everyday life and to see Christ in an incarnate way.”
It wasn’t until around the time his mother’s death in 2012 that Mr Pirotta considered becoming a permanent deacon.
“The seed of service was always there as part of my vocation to the brotherhood and it started germinating again. I wanted to go back to a life of service.”
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