"> Pastor’s Corner – Prince of Peace

Sunday, May 19

Dear Friends,

This weekend the diocese rejoiced at the ordination of three men to the Transitional diaconate. These three men are called transitional deacons because they are being ordained as deacons as part of their journey toward priestly ordination the following year. The work “transitional” is used to emphasize that they are not being called to what we call the “permanent diaconate.” Permanent deacons are men who are called by God to the ministry of the Diaconate. Transitional deacon are called by Got to the ministry of the Presbyterate but must be ordained as deacons first. It should be noted, however, that when a man is ordained as a deacon, he remains a deacon forever, even after death. This is because of the ontological change that occurs in his soul when he receives the sacrament of Holy Orders. It is similar to the permanent change of soul that occurs when one is baptized and again when one is confirmed. So while these men are destined to become priests, they will never lose their diaconate role. Even as a priest, I am still a deacon. In a similar way, our bishop is not just a bishop but is still a priest and is still a deacon. In fact, during important liturgies, the bishop will wear the dalmatic, the deacon’s mass vestment beneath his chasuble which is the priest’s mass vestment. It serves as a reminder that once ordained as a deacon, a man is always a deacon. Please continue to pray for these men and for the four transitional deacons who will be ordained to the priesthood this June. The fruitfulness of Holy Mother Church is most abundant in the Easter season with baptisms, confirmations, first communions, and ordinations. It is a season of life and joy. My our Easter Alleluia resound in thanksgiving to Almighty God for the gift of His abundant grace.

Fr. Arena

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