|Sr Louise with the neo-deacon Damian,OP|
he had meant us to live it” (St. Paul to the Ephesians).
On the 15th of March 2015, the Dominican Province in Ireland was in great celebration for the ordination to diaconate of 6 of their brothers:
Br. David McGovern, Br. Damian Polly, Br. Ronan Connolly, Br. Conor McDonough, Br. Eoin Casey and Br. Daragh McNally.
It was very fitting to have this liturgical celebration on Laetare Sunday, where the introit antiphon calls us to rejoice: “Rejoice, O Jerusalem: and come together all you that love her.” The ordaining prelate was the Most Reverend Diarmuid Martin, who over the past few years has been a frequent visitor to St. Saviour’s Priory for the various ordinations to diaconate and to priesthood. Part of the liturgy for the ordination entails an ‘examination’ for those who are to be ordained. The questions posed are worth reflecting on:
“Are you willing to be ordained for the Church’s ministry by the laying on of hands and the gift of the Holy Spirit?
Are you resolved to discharge the office of deacon with humility and love in order to assist the bishop and the priests and to serve the people of Christ?
Are you resolved to hold the mystery of the faith with a clear conscience, as the Apostle urges, to proclaim this faith in word and actions as it taught by the Gospel and the Church’s tradition?
Are you resolved to maintain and deepen a spirit of prayer appropriate to your way of life and , in keeping with what is required of you, to celebrate faithfully the liturgy of the hours for the Church and for the whole world?
Are you resolved to shape your way of life always according to the example of Christ, whose body and blood you will give to the people?
In this examination, we get a glimpse of what the deacon is called to be at this point of his journey. It also gives direction for the journey which lies ahead as he continues towards the day of his ordination as a priest. It is all encapsulated in the phrase which the Bishop prays as he presents the Book of the Gospels to the new deacon:“Receive the Gospel of Christ, whose herald you are.Believe what you read, teach what you believe and practice what you teach.” (Rite of Ordination).
|With the new decaon Conor|
For more news about the ordination, check out the Dominican website here.