“A great day for all of the Catholic Church”: First Maronite Catholic ordination in Pacific Northwest

As Anthony Joseph Alles is ordained, two deacons hold up a cloak called the bashkoon so that it shielded the man being ordained from view. (photo: Catholic Sentinel/Ed Langlois) Details, from The Catholic Sentinel:  In a liturgy Saturday that included actions unfamiliar to Roman Catholics, Father Anthony Joseph Alles became a priest of the Maronite [Read More...]

Have you ever seen a diaconate ordination like this?

A reader sent this my way, with this explanation: Deacon Greg, Knowing your interest in all things deacon-ish, I thought I’d pass along a video showing scenes from the ordination of a new deacon in Christ the Savior Cathedral according to the rites of the Russian Orthodox Church by Patriarch Kirill. Take a look. It’s [Read More...]

Historic: First married Maronite Catholic in U.S. to become a priest—UPDATED

From USA TODAY (and note the quote from FOB Deacon Bill Ditewig!): In a move that could open the doors for more wedded priests in some Catholic churches across the USA, a married Maronite deacon will be ordained Thursday as a priest in St. Louis. Deacon Wissam Akiki, who serves St. Raymond’s Maronite Cathedral, will be the first [Read More...]

The Women Deacons of the Armenian Church

Hours after this story broke, about the head of the CDF’s remarks on women deacons, the item below popped up in my Google newsfeed. I think it opens a window to a part of the Christian world many of us in the Latin church don’t know about. The story recounts a talk given last month [Read More...]

Behold, the Orthodox deacons of Ethiopia

Do you have vestments like these? Over at our CNEWA blog, ONE-TO-ONE, there’s an interesting look at the clergy in that part of the world: Traditionally, a priest’s primary duty is the celebration of the Qeddase — in Ethiopia, typically five priests concelebrate — and other liturgical rites, particularly burials. Liturgical festivals feature rhythmic dancing, [Read More...]

Ordination update: 6 new deacons in Archeparchy of Pittsburgh

Some news from the East!  (Well, actually, Pennsylvania…).  You can read the details here. Who’s who, below. His Grace Bishop Gerald N. Dino (center), Eparch of Phoenix, ordained six men of the Archeparchy of Pittsburgh to the Holy Diaconate on Sunday, Oct. 9. The ordinations with hierarchical Divine Liturgy took place at the Cathedral of [Read More...]


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