by PETER GRACE
New Zealand lawyer Dr Justin Glyn was ordained a deacon of the Society of Jesus at St Carthage’s in Melbourne on November 28.
The main celebrant at the ordination Mass was the Bishop of Port Pirie, Bishop Gregory, SJ.
In an email exchange, Deacon Glyn said his ordination to the priesthood was scheduled for the middle of next year, possibly in Auckland.
“I have one course in my Masters of Theological Studies to finish, and will also complete my ad audiendum (allowing me to hear confessions) ,” he wrote.
“At the same time, I am likely to be involved in parish work in Melbourne, gaining needed liturgical and sacramental experience.”
Deacon Glyn qualified and practised law in South Africa before immigrating to New Zealand, where he worked as a barrister sole, and then in major commercial law firms in Auckland.
He graduated PhD from the University of Auckland Law School in 2008 with a thesis on whether and how international law legitimately constrains administrative decision making in immigration and refugee cases.
This issue was highlighted by controversies over the Tampa refugees and immigration to the West.
A book based on his thesis, Fundamental Rights in Administrative Decision-making, has been published by Presidian Legal Publications.