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.