Ordination to the Diaconate
Theology III seminarians will be ordained transitional deacons, the third rite on the journey toward priesthood.
Date & Time:
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
St. Mary's Basilica
All are welcome to attend this ordination rite that dates back to the early Church. In the last formal step before Ordination to the Priesthood, the Transitional Deacon is charged to make himself a servant to all, carrying out the corporal and spiritual works of mercy.
The three-fold task of the Deacon includes:
- The Ministry of the Word, by which the Deacon instructs and exhorts believers and nonbelievers alike in holy doctrine.
- The Ministry to the Altar, whereby the Deacon presides at public prayer, administers baptism, assists at and blesses sacramental marriages, brings Viaticum to the dying, and conducts funeral rites.
- The Ministry of Charity, whereby the poor, the sick, the stranger, and the marginalized are cared for by the Deacon's apostolic zeal.