Ordination update: baker's dozen in Boston

Ordination update: baker's dozen in Boston September 23, 2011

The big news, from The Pilot:

On a crisp, sunny, September morning at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross, Cardinal Seán P. O’Malley ordained 13 men as permanent deacons for the Archdiocese of Boston.

Deacons David A. Brooks, Christopher Z. Connelly, Paul David Coughlin, Joseph Bryere Guerrier, Geoffrey W. Higgins, Joseph J. Hopgood, Cheonil Kim, Paul Michael Kline, Howard C. League, Vincent James Leo, Timothy John Maher, Thomas L.P. O’Donnell Jr., and Kevin J. Winn received the sacrament of Holy Orders Sep. 17.

All of the men ordained on Saturday are married and their occupations include an anesthesiologist, an air traffic controller, a grocery store clerk and health care interpreter, a mortgage banker, a software consultant, two professors, a retired civil engineer from the city of Boston, a director of religious education, and a high school campus minster and teacher.

“In common, they have a very deep spiritual life, a very deep prayer life — they’re all centered on the Eucharist and that’s where the call came from,” said Deacon Dan Burns, director of formation for the Office of Permanent Diaconate.

“They’re all very connected in their families and in their parishes,” he added.

After the reading of the Gospel, the men were called by name and presented to Cardinal O’Malley, who asked if they were known to be worthy. Their worthiness affirmed by the presenter, the cardinal invoked the help of God and said that the men were chosen for the order of the diaconate.

In his homily, Cardinal O’Malley gave a historical context of deacons in the Church, referring to the Acts of the Apostles. Beyond administrative duties, the first deacons soon started to preach, evangelize and baptize.

The cardinal asked the men to commit themselves to prayer and said that “it is your interior life of friendship with the Lord that will allow you to be ministers of God’s people.”

He remarked that the Gospels do not speak of “CEOs, managers, overlords, or the grand poohbah” — rather it highlights the servant. He said that in today’s world of political correctness, the word servant is avoided in favor of terms like domestic worker or household technician.

“Never forget what deacon means; it means servant. High maintenance is an adjective that should never apply to a deacon. Love, humility, generosity, obedience are the virtues that must adorn your service as God’s deacons,” said Cardinal O’Malley.

Read the rest. Congratulations and welcome, brothers.  Ad multos annos!

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5 responses to “Ordination update: baker's dozen in Boston”

  1. Ad multos annos! indeed! I am in the 2014 class of the Deacon Formation Program of the Archdiocese of Boston and these men are my former classmates, even though they were so far head we hardly had classes in the same place or time. I pray for wisdom, humility, love and perseverance so that my class can get to the same point in a couple of years.

    Few people realize how demanding the admittance requirements are and that it is never guaranteed that anyone will be ordained; the whole four years are a process of discernment and until the last day there is always the possibility that you may not be called to this vocation. The study and training program is also demanding and it is centered on holiness and prayer more than anything else. The wives are also closely involved in the whole formation process.

    Pray for us! and I pray for the new deacons, may God give them what they need to serve the Church.

  2. Yes, part of the Hispanic batch, but we take some of the classes together. Thank you for the prayers and please do not take into account some of my rants here….!!!!

  3. The reason I asked about Merrimack is that I am very attached to the Augustinians. I have a graduate degree from Villanova but some of their faculty had taught at Merrimack.

  4. Merrimack is the site where aspirants and candidates from the northern part of the Archdiocese take classes. It is an Augustinian school and we pray the Liturgy of the Hours in their oratory chapel. Our classes are in the evenings, when most of the young kids are gone for the day. The other group of aspirants and candidates take classes at the Pastoral Center in Braintree, south of Boston. There is not a lot of Augustinians left though, most have retired and the school is run mostly by lay faculty. It is auspicious to me to be studying there for the diaconate since Saint Augustine is one of the Saints I most admire and there is a wood statue of him in Austin Hall where we meet.

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