Diaconate Ordination of Brs. Leonard and Patrick

Thursday, May 26th, 2011

With praise and thanksgiving to Almighty God, our community now has two newly-ordained deacons! 

Rev. Br. Leonard Mary of the Holy Spirit and Rev. Br. Patrick Mary of Our Lady of Perpetual Help were ordained to the diaconate by Bishop Robert J. Baker of the Diocese of Birmingham. 

Members of each of the deacons’ families were present for this joyful occasion.  We also had several concelebrating priests especially Fr. Mitch Pacwa, SJ and Fr. Justin Damien, OSB (formerly Fr. James Dean on EWTN). 

After being ordained, the new deacons assisted Bishop Baker at the altar for the Liturgy of the Eucharist.  Fr. Kevin Bazzel and Br. Tarcisius did an excellent job in emceeing the Mass.

Following the Mass, a reception was held at EWTN’s Guadalupe Hall which was organized by our former cook Adele Gilbert.  Over a hundred people attended the Mass and reception.

Please continue to pray for our community particularly for Deacons Leonard and Patrick as we eagerly await their ordination to the priesthood which will take place God-willingly next year. 

We greatly appreciate all the support.  We wish to thank Gabor and Maria Nyeste for taking photographs during the Mass and afterwards.