Deacon Hicks recently announced his retirement from active ministry with the Elizabeth parish to spend more time with his wife Tricia, their grandchildren, and two of their sons living in Darwin and Sydney.
Daryl recalled meeting with Sr Christine Bourke at a café in Norwood in 2002 at which she invited him to join an Adelaide College of Divinity course as part of a six-unit Church Ministry Program.
“She (Sr Bourke) explained that only one other male student had enrolled with eight women in the first-year course and she felt the need to support him. Would I be interested in the course?” Deacon Hicks said.
Strong links between Vinnies and Elizabeth parish
“The other guy resigned several months later but the course ultimately led me to the equivalent of a second degree and ordination as a deacon 11 years ago.”
Deacon Hicks said he considered it a “great honour” to work within the parish under the leadership of initially Fr Michael Trainor and Mons Jim O’Loughlin and most recently Fr Patrick Woods.
During the Diocesan Team’s visit to Elizabeth parish, Administrator Delegate Fr Philip Marshall acknowledged the service of Deacon Hicks during a Mass attended by many of his family.