His appointment by the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference follows a significant increase in the number of deacons in Australia.
Deacon Grauel, a former senior manager for a major aged care organisation in Adelaide, is deacon to the Office for Renewing Parishes and chair of the Hallett Cove parish pastoral council.
He said he was excited about the new role and looking forward to the challenge of promoting the permanent diaconate and encouraging sound and ongoing formation.
“There’s a move for deacons to be almost entrepreneurial in the Church by encouraging the Gospel to reach different places and to be creative in doing that,” he said.
“The Pope often stresses that we need to be close to the lives of the people, not hidden in an office. He is supporting the mission of reaching out and that’s what the deacons are there for – to witness to a mission of charity.”