Thursday, September 29, 2016

Deacons Michael Zimmerman and Kevin Leaver

Congratulations to Deacon Michael Zimmerman and Deacon Kevin Leaver who along with their twenty-eight classmates were ordained to the Order of Deacon this morning by Cardinal Se├ín Patrick O'Malley, OFM., Cap. at the Altar of the Chair in Saint Peter's Basilica.  

I was honored to concelebrate, along with Father Jim Conn and Father Ryan Connors from our faculty, our own Deacon David Harris and many friends of the ordinandi, including a delegation of Boston priests.  Please keep our newest deacons in your grateful prayers.

The Promises asked of Deacons Zimmerman and Leaver before ordination to the Order of Deacon.

Dear sons, before you enter the Order of the diaconate, you must declare before the people your intention to undertake this office.

Do you resolve to be consecrated for the Church's ministry by the laying on of my hands and the gift of the Holy Spirit?

Do you resolve to discharge the office of deacon with humble charity in order to assist the priestly Order and to benefit the Christian people?

Do you resolve to hold fast to the mystery of faith with a clear conscience, as the Apostle urges, and to proclaim this faith in word and deed according to the Gospel and the Church's tradition?

Do you resolve to keep for ever this commitment as a sign of your dedication to Christ the Lord for the sake of the Kingdom of Heaven, in the service of God and man?

Do you resolve to maintain and deepen the spirit of prayer that is proper to your way of life and, in keeping with this spirit and what is required of you, to celebrate faithfully the Liturgy of the Hours with and for the People of God and indeed for the whole world?

Do you resolve to conform your way of life always  to the example of Christ, of whose Body and Blood you are ministers at the altar? 

Do you promise respect and obedience to me and my successors?

May God who has begun the good work in you bring it to fulfillment.