Welcoming Vincent Malone to the priesthood
posted on 29 October 2010
Vincent Malone has been ordained as a priest for the Diocese of Westminster.
The ordination took place at St Mellitus parish, Tollington Park, on Saturday 30 October 2010 and was the first ordination in the parish for over 35 years.
We welcome Vincent Malone into the priesthood
The Very Reverend Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster, who celebrated the Mass of Ordination said: 'When Pope Benedict XVI visited Britain in September he reminded us how each of us has a vocation from God. Vincent Malone’s vocation is the priesthood. On Saturday he was ordained a priest for service in our Diocese. At the ordination we celebrated the transferred feast day of the Blessed Martyrs of Douai College. The martyrs were 160 priests who trained in France during the Reformation knowing they would return to England and face certain death. Their story provides inspiration to us all as we welcome Vincent into the priesthood.”
God was calling me
Fr Vincent Malone, who was baptised, took his first holy communion and was confirmed at St Mellitus, believes it is important to celebrate his ordination in his old parish church.
Speaking before his ordination, he said: “I think it’s important I recognise where my spiritual roots began…The parish can take ownership, that this priest has come from within their midst. It shows people that ordinary people can follow the call.”
Before joining the Diocese of Westminster’s seminary, Allen Hall, where he studied for the priesthood, Vincent Malone had a variety of jobs; including working as a solicitor's clerk, betting shop manager, post room assistant, in a supermarket and at one point as a courier.
He explains: “Gradually year on year the feeling God was calling me kept building. At first I could brush it away, but it kept getting stronger this thought in my mind, eventually I got to the point where I said ‘Alright ok, leave me alone I’ll do it.’ The first day I entered the seminary I felt more at peace than any other day in my life. I felt at last I had done the right thing and it’s a moment I will never forget. It will continue to remind me that I made the right decision when I finally managed to unite myself to God’s will.”
Celebration of faith
Canon Thomas Egan, parish priest at Our Lady of Lourdes, New Southgate where Fr Vincent Malone has been assisting as Deacon said: “All the parishioners were very excited and many supported Vincent Malone on the day. He has been a great help in the parish and the parishioners have a great warmth for him. They’ve seen many men training for the priesthood in the parish, but many won’t have ever seen an ordination before so it’s great they had the chance to be together for this great celebration of faith.”