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New goal for deacon Kevin after ordination.

LIVERPOOL FC's head groundsman is used to caring for the pitch at Anfield.

Now he has added a very different role . . . caring for the parishioners of Roby.

Kevin Dunn, 42, became a deacon in a ceremony at Liverpool RC Metropolitan cathedral yesterday.

Rev Dunn, who has worked at the club for 25 years, will help with baptisms, marriages, funerals and other services.

He will read the gospel and preach but not say Mass or hear confession.

Rev Dunn, who lives with his wife and two teenage children in Prescot, will work at at St Aloysius church in Roby.

``All of my family are Roman Catholic. I was approached by my parish priest and asked if I would like to become a permanent deacon.

``I decided that was the road that I wanted to go along. I wanted to re-pay the parish.''

The ex-head of Merseyside police drugs squad also became a deacon.

Peter Deary, of St Helen's RC church, Crosby, said: ``I'm sure it's taken some of my former colleagues by surprise.''

Rev Deary, 65, and his wife, Mary, live in Crosby.

He retired in 1987 as a superintendent and longest serving Merseyside detective.

Others ordained were Francis Bowman, of Our Lady of Lourdes and St Bernard, Liverpool; Malcolm Cunliffe and Roy Moore, of St Wilfrid, Ashton-inMakerfield; Joseph McGunigle, of St Paul's, West Derby; and Ronald Strickland, of Sacred Heart, Chorley.

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MY PARISH: Head groundsman Kevin Dunn at his beloved Anfield football stadium and, below, after his ordination at the RC Metreopolitan cathedral as a deacon. He is far left with, from left, Malcolm Cunliffe, Francis Bowman, Joseph McGunigle and Peter Deary
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