In March 2012, Chris Colman and Michael Philips were ordained as Deacons for the Bunbury Diocese. This represented the culmination of an extensive training program for the Diaconate, covering the areas of human, pastoral, theological and spiritual formation

As Deacons their most important function is to proclaim the Gospel and to preach. They also perform other liturgical roles such as baptising, witnessing marriages, bringing Viaticum to the dying, presiding over funerals and burials, presiding over Liturgies of the Word and conducting prayer services for the sick and the dying.