Noel studied for the Permanent Diaconate at Mater Dei Institute in Clonliffe College
and he also undertook a practical training programme in Ballinteer Parish
under the guidance of Fr Richard Behan, Moderator.
Their ministry will be voluntary and part-time. They can now assist priests at the celebration
of the Eucharist and celebrate Baptisms, as well as officiate at Marriages and preside at Funerals.
The Deacons will also visit the sick, prisoners and the bereaved and promote awareness of the social teaching of the church.
Seven other dioceses around the State have permanent deacons in formation.
Permanent deacons are reasonably common in other parts of Catholic Europe.
The deacons will work in parish teams alongside priests and lay parish pastoral workers.
Four years ago, Dublin was also first in Ireland to train and appoint pastoral workers.
Today there are 12 men and 20 women in such roles throughout the archdiocese.
They help to deepen knowledge of faith and support initiatives around prayer and the sacraments.