Friday, August 18, 2006

Tagle ordains 13 SVDs as deacons

Chito Tagle, the bishop of Imus (Cavite), ordained thirteen SVD scholastics as deacons in a simple Eucharistic celebration in the afternoon (15:00) of 21 July 2006 at the Divine Word Seminary. (Tagaytay) Chapel. Close relatives and friends were invited to witness their entry to the last stage before being ordained as priests [03 Feb 2007 is set as the date for the ordination to the priesthood].
Raul Caga, SVD directs the members
of Arnoldus Co. who led the singing
during the Mass
Nancy at the keyboard

According to tradition of the Roman Catholic Church, the ministry of the deacon revolves around three areas: the Word, the Altar and Charity.
The deacon's ministry of the Word includes reading the Gospel at the Eucharist, preaching and teaching. His ministry at the Altar includes various parts of the Mass proper to the deacon, including being the proper minister of the cup. The ministry of charity involves service to the poor and marginalized and working with parishioners to help them become more involved in such ministry.

Deacons can administer the sacrament of Baptism and serve as the church's witness at the sacrament of Holy Matrimony, which the bride and groom administer to each other.

Deacons may preside at funerals, the Liturgy of the Hours, various services such as Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament and they may give blessings. They cannot give absolution, anoint the sick, or say Mass. In the liturgy, it is proper for the deacon to proclaim the Gospel (in fact, a priest, bishop, or even the Pope may not proclaim the Gospel if a deacon is present) and distribute Holy Communion.

Transitional and permanent deacons both have the faculty to preach the homily by right of their ordination unless the priest presider retains that ministry to himself in any particular liturgy.

[The text is from Wikipedia, but according to Ronnie Crisostomo, SVD, Liturgy Licentiate student of Pontifical San Anselmo in Rome, the sources of this are:
Rite of Ordination of Deacon (Pontificale Romanum)
GIRM (2002), see #94, 171-18].

The ordained deacons are: M. Balay, J. Banez, L. Estomo, N. Gallego, E. Ibarra, A. Jayma, A. Nercua, J. Osalvo, D. Soriano, L. Turqueza, J. Udasco.

Last 3 August 2007, the SVD superior general gave to them their first assignments. Nine out ot the thirteen are going out of the country and three of these are assigned to Africa (2 to Congo and 1 to Madagascar). According to the letter of the general, there are 149 new SVDs around the world receiving their first mission assignments, "making 2006 a record year."
The new deacons with Bishop Chito Tagle

photo credits: SVD scholasticate

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