Joined by 19 other young men from Australia and North America, James McCarthy, from the Archdiocese of Sydney, and the Nicholas Maurice, from the diocese of Lismore, were ordained before a congregation of more than 3000 on October 4.
More than 100 Australians attended the service as well as more than a dozen Australian priests - including Bishop Peter Elliott, auxiliary bishop of Melbourne, and Bishop Geoffrey Jarrett, Bishop of Lismore, who led a pilgrimage group from his diocese.
The ordination took place on the feast of St Francis of Assisi – one of the most significant deacons in the Church’s history.
Archbishop John Foley, the ordaining prelate and pro-grand master of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem, told the deacons that “their basic attitude should be one of service”.
During his homily, Archbishop Foley said the prayer of a deacon should ask what he can do for God, and for the Christians he is being ordained to serve
“A deacon’s response to this should be one of obedience to superiors, as well as an anticipation of the needs of the community,” Archbishop Foley said.
Deacon James has been appointed to St Aloysius Gonzaga parish, Cronulla, before his ordination to priesthood.
SOURCE Aussie deacons ordained in Rome (Catholic Weekly 28/10/07)
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