Diaconal Ordination – called to serve!
“Chosen from among men …. appointed to act on behalf of men” (Heb 5:1). Responding to the call of God, our very own five Carmelite brothers Anthon Souz, Peter Pereira, Wilson D’costa, Rayan Teeshan Pinto and Nelson Krist Cardoza along with 11 diocesan brothers were ordained deacons on 15th of June 2017 at St Joseph’s Inter-diocesan Seminary, Jeppu, Mangalore. Hearty congratulations to all the Deacons.

The ordination rite of the diaconate was celebrated with a solemn liturgy of the Eucharist. After the proclamation of the Gospel, the Rector of the seminary Very Rev. Fr Joseph Martis presented the candidates to Most Rev. Aloysius Paul D’Souza, the Bishop of Mangalore. Subsequently the Bishop instructed the candidates with the Word of God. In his homily, the Bishop urged the ordinandi to do the will of God generously and to serve God and mankind in love and joy. Addressing the deacons, the Bishop expressed, “You are the ministers of the Word of God and you have to express in action what you proclaim by word of mouth.” The ritual ended with the kiss of peace. The beauty of the Eucharistic celebration was enhanced by the prayerful liturgy and Cecilian choir under the leadership of Rev. Fr Ronald Serrao.

The Holy Eucharist was followed by the felicitation of the newly ordained Deacons. Priests, Religious Sisters, Seminarians, Parents, Friends and Relatives of the deacons witnessed the programme.

 

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