Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Mass of Candidacy

On October 25, 2012, the community of Mount Angel Seminary celebrated Mass and the rite of admission to the candidacy for ordination as deacons and priests for nine of its seminarians. 

The celebration took place as one of three major events at the seminary on October 24 and October 25: the installation of the new President-Rector, Father Joseph Betschart, the Mass of Candidacy and the Episcopal Council Meeting.

The following semiarians were admitted to the candidacy:

For the Archdiocese of Portland in Oregon: Peter Andele, Francisco Bringuela, and Martin Tavares Hernandez

For the Diocese of San Diego: Alex DePaulis and Lauro Minimo

For the Diocese of Vac: Pal Juhasz

For the Archdiocese of Santa Fe: Dominic Pierson

For the Diocese of Spokane: Brian Sattler

Archbishop John D. Vlazny, the Archbishop of the Portland in Oregon, served as the presider and homilist for the Mass.  In his homily he said to the candidates, "Don't try to solve the mystery of why you were called to the priesthood - live with it."  As the candidates stepped forward, he asked them to declare their intentions with faith, hope, love, and courage.

At the conclusion of the Rite of Admission, Archbishop Vlazny said, "The Church receives your declaration with joy.  May God, who has begun the good work in you, bring it to fulfillment."

Music for the Mass was provided by the seminary choir and included a tenor solo by John Hesla.

Many of the bishops, religious superiors, and vocation directors who were present for the meeting of the Episcopal Council also celebrated the Mass with the seminary community.  Those present included Bishop Liam Cary of the Diocese of Baker; Bishop Randolph Calvo of the Diocese of Reno; Bishop Jaime Soto of the Diocese of Sacramento, Bishop John C. Wester of the Diocese of Salt Lake City, Father Domenico DiRaimondo, the Provincial for the Missionaries of the Holy Spirit; Father Matthew Williams, the Provincial of the Order of Discalced Carmelites; and Abbot Gregory Duerr, the abbot of Mount Angel Abbey and chancellor of Mount Angel Seminary.

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