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The press release:
After five years of preparation, 17 men will be ordained by Bishop Kevin Vann as deacons in the Catholic Church at 10 a.m. on Saturday, October 19 in Christ Cathedral. This is the first diaconate class to be ordained inside the new Christ Cathedral. The last class of this size was in 1979 with a total of 18 men.
Ordination - Event - Men - Deacons - Parishes
Upon their ordination at the invitation-only event, the men will join the 141 existing deacons serving in parishes throughout the Diocese of Orange. In addition to Bishop Vann, attending the ceremony will be Auxiliary Bishops Timothy Brown and Thanh Thai Nguyen; the existing diocesan deacons and their wives; and many of the pastors in whose parishes the men will serve.
Their preparation involves academic classes in subjects like canon law and church history, spiritual preparation in prayer and meditation, and pastoral service in hospitals, jails, and the community. Frank Chavez, the diocesan director of the Office of the Diaconate, says the ordination ceremony will include the laying on of hands, which is deeply rooted in the Catholic faith and tradition; a series of solemn vows the men make, including promises to obey and respect the Bishop; the Litany of Saints; and a special Mass where they pray together.
Litany - Saints - Men - Prostrate - Floor
“During the Litany of Saints, the men will lie prostrate on the floor of the cathedral as a sign of their humility as the whole church sings and prays for them,” Chavez says.
Many people including Catholics know little about the lives, training, and calling of deacons, he notes. “Many people see them only serving at Mass, but that’s just part of who we are. We are out in the community as our call is to serve. At Mass, the deacon is the one who is sent out into the community to go in...
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