Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Rite of Ordination to the Diaconate

For the second time in a week, the seminary community celebrated one of the major steps toward the ordination to the priesthood for some of its students.  Today six seminarians were ordained transitional deacons in the Abbey Church.

John G. Vlazny, the Archbishop of Portland in Oregon, presided at the Mass.  In his opening remarks, the archbishop said that the diversity of these six deacons reflects the diversity of the Church in the United States today.

Mrs. Mryna Keough and the seminary choir provided the music for the liturgy.  In addition to the organ, the vocalists were accompanied by a flute and horns.

The new deacons are:

Br. Raymond Bueno, OCD
Order of Discalced Carmelites

J. Guillermo Ramirez Chavez
Diocese of Sacramento

Jorge Moises Kamul Mac
Archdiocese of Portland in Oregon

Benjamin Tapia-Ortiz
Archdiocese of Portland in Oregon

Br. Jacob Stronach, OSB
Mount Angel Abbey

Br. Jonah Wright, OSB
Mount Angel Abbey

Journalism students: As with the men who were admitted to candidacy last week, these new deacons are excellent possibilities for a profile for our blog.  Such a profile may also include descriptions of the rite of ordination to the diaconate since many of our readers may not have attended such an ordination before.

Correction: As of 9 a.m. on October 27, 2011, the spelling of the word "organ" has been corrected in this story.

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