The Pontifical North American College

Reflections on the Promises

deaconate vigil reflection 2015

Every year in preparation for their ordination to the diaconate, the class of deacon candidates invites professors from their universities to offer reflections on one of the three promises that a deacon candidate makes at his ordination. The conferences are given during the College’s daily Holy Hour, in which the seminarians adore the Lord in the Blessed Sacrament. The Pontifical North American College community is always blessed by the rich words of these learned professors, which help the deacon candidates to understand the beauty, grace, and responsibility associated with the diaconal promises. In order to share the wealth of the wisdom offered in these conferences, the College is pleased to make these talks available for all to read or download. May they give glory to God and profit the Church!

After each conference is delivered, you will be able to click on the title of the conference to view the full text. You can download a .pdf of the conference by going to the full text page.


For a description of the promises that candidates make at their ordination to the diaconate, visit “The Promises” page on this website.


Reflection on the Promise of Prayer

Date Speaker
Feb. 17, 2016 Rev. Prof. Paul Murray, O.P.
Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas  (“Angelicum”)

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Reflection on the Promise of Obedience

Date Speaker
Mar. 9, 2016 Rev. Prof. Paul O’Callaghan
Pontifical University of the Holy Cross (“Santa Croce”)

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Reflection on the Promise of Celibacy

Date Speaker
Apr. 13, 2016 Rev. Prof. Étienne Vetö, C.C.N.
Pontifical Gregorian University

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