Moments after the final sounds of regal trumpets reverberated off the stone partitions of the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen on the conclusion of a Could 15 ordination Mass for 5 new deacons, an impromptu procession made its means up the cathedral’s lengthy aisles.
Dozens of women and men – many carrying conventional African garb – jubilantly clapped, sang conventional African songs and waved adorned followers as they sought out the brand new deacons to congratulate them and want them effectively.
It was a becoming conclusion to a joy-filled morning as three of the Archdiocese of Baltimore’s newly ordained deacons – Maurice Afor, Peter Kiamo-oh and Kenneth Lukong – hail from Cameroon. Since 2016, the Archdiocese of Baltimore has partnered with the Catholic Church within the West African nation to welcome seminarians into the archdiocese.
The opposite new deacons are James M. Bors from New Carrollton and David C.F. Ray from Arlington, Va.
Ordained as “transitional deacons,” the clergymen will proceed on the trail to the priesthood, with their priestly ordination anticipated subsequent yr.
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In his homily, Archbishop William E. Lori challenged the lads to develop into “a dwelling picture of Christ the deacon, Christ, the son of God and the servant of all.”
“You should subsequently have the center, the palms, the perspective and the look of Christ the deacon,” he mentioned. “Encountering you, others are to come across the Christ who got here not ro be served however to serve. Encountering you, others are to come across the church, the church that is known as out of the darkness of sin and demise into the lightsome realm of God’s kingdom the place those that serve are larger than those that are served.”
The archbishop mentioned Christ can be met within the new deacons as they preach the Gospel, help on the altar, distribute holy Communion at Mass and to the sick, and preside at funerals, weddings and prayer providers.
These conferences will happen when the deacons go to the homebound and serve the poor, he mentioned, and likewise by means of handshakes, telephone calls, emails and visits. The archbishop warned the deacons to by no means take these encounters as a right.
“It will possibly take just one encounter for belief within the Lord and in his church to be constructed up or to be torn down,” he mentioned. “It will possibly take just one encounter for somebody alienated from the Lord and the church to be welcomed again or to be pushed away.”
Throughout the liturgy the archbishop laid palms on every new deacon, calling down the Holy Spirit upon him. The deacons had been vested with the stole and dalmatic, the liturgical clothes that point out their workplace. In addition they obtained the Ebook of the Gospels.
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Father Steven Roth, vocations director for the Archdiocese of Baltimore, known as the ordination a “very big day,” and inspired these attending and watching on livestream to see it as a starting and never an finish.
“As we rejoice these 5 new deacons, let this be a chance for us to ask many extra males (to think about non secular vocations),” Father Roth mentioned. “Invite your sons and grandsons, nephews, coworkers, neighbors and buddies. Encourage them as you expertise the enjoyment of at the present time to think about that the Lord could also be inviting them to someday expertise this similar great ordination.”
Earlier than the liturgy started, Father Roth led the congregation in a prayer for non secular vocations.
Becoming a member of Archbishop Lori on the celebration had been former Baltimore archbishop, Cardinal Edwin F. O’Brien, and Auxiliary Bishop Denis J. Madden.
On the conclusion of the celebration, the archbishop introduced the assignments of the brand new deacons. Deacon Bors will serve at St. Peter in Libertytown; Deacon Afor at Our Woman of Victory in Arbutus; Deacon Lukong at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton in Crofton; Deacon Ray at St. William of York in Baltimore and St. Agnes in Catonsville; and Deacon Kiamo-oh at St. Joseph Monastery in Irvington.
Kevin J. Parks contributed to this report. Electronic mail George Matysek at gmatysek@CatholicReview.org
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