Saturday, August 6, 2011

The Transfiguration - Diaconal Ordinations in Halifax, Ottawa

The feast of the Transfiguration is held forty days before the feast of the Exaltation of the Cross (September 14) to console disciples of Jesus for the glory that lies beyond their suffering (cf. the readings at Mass these last two days).

The Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord

Transfiguration, Fra Angelico, Italy (1400–1455).

O God, who in the glorious Transfiguration of your Only Begotten Son confirmed the mysteries of faith by the witness of the Fathers and wonderfully prefigured our full adoption to sonship, grant, we pray, to your servants, that, listening to the voice of your beloved Son, we may merit to become co-heirs with him. Who lives and reigns with you.

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This morning at 10 o'clock during a Mass celebrated by Archbishop Anthony Mancini in St. Peter's Chuch, Dartmouth, where he did his pastoral internship, CRAIG CAMERON (above), a candidate for the priesthood will be ordained a deacon.

This is a happy day for Craig, his family and the many friends, who have encouraged him in his vocation over the years.  Many, like myself, will have to be content to be present in spirit through our prayers. 

Best wishes, Craig, faithful deacon, for a long and happy ministry in the Archdiocese of Halifax!

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Left to right: Gary Bourgeois, Richardo Santiago, Stephen Donoghue, John George

Next week I will confer the Holy Order of Deacon on four members of the Archdiocese of Ottawa: Gary Bourgeois, Stephen Donoghue, John George and Ricardo Santiago.

Your prayers are asked for them, their wives, their children (and grandchildren).

The ceremony will take place during Mass at Notre Dame Cathedral Basilica, Ottawa, on Tuesday evening, August 9, at 7:30 pm.

There will be a reception afterwards in the parish hall.

All are welcome.