As I recently celebrated the second anniversary of my ordination to the priesthood, two things came to mind. In one sense, I felt that my ordination took place only yesterday and in another, it seemed as if I have been a priest my whole life. Hence, the mystery of the priesthood! In a priest’s life, no two days are ever the same.
Excitement reigned as 18 permanent deacons and one transitional deacon were ordained May 25 at St. Joseph’s Co- Cathedral, Brooklyn, by Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio.
Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio will ordain 18 into the permanent diaconate at the May 25 ceremony at the Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph in Prospect Heights.
That was the message from Bridgeport Bishop Frank Caggiano as he addressed the annual Diocesan Diaconate Convocation in Douglaston. The April 15 meeting at the Immaculate Conception Center was a commemoration of the 40th anniversary of the introduction of the permanent diaconate to the Brooklyn Diocese and the 50th anniversary of the revival of the Order by the Second Vatican Council.
About 200 of the faithful including deacons, their wives, family and friends came to the Immaculate Conception Center (ICC) on Oct. 14 for a Convocation Mass to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Diaconate Ordination Class of 1992.
The Permanent Diaconate was reinstated by the Second Vatican Council, not just as a response to a reduced number of priests, but also in order to emphasize that the Permanent Deacon living in the world and serving in the Church forms a permanent bridge between the lay vocation and the vocation of one who is blessed with Holy Orders.
Twelve men will be ordained to the permanent diaconate on Saturday, May 27, by Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio at St. Joseph’s Co-Cathedral, Prospect Heights.
Pope Francis appointed six men and six women, including U.S. scholar Phyllis Zagano, to a commission to study the issue of women deacons in the church.
The International Union of Superiors General met with Pope Francis as part of its plenary assembly. During that meeting, a religious sister asked the Holy Father why the Church doesn’t include women in the permanent diaconate, since they already participate in the works of charity, as well as in the case of administration, following the example of the first deacons as detailed in Acts of the Apostles.
Communities such as Bachajon have come to depend on indigenous deacons like Anselmo Hernandez, who play an important part in serving the Church and evangelizing remote regions of Chiapas state.