The Pontifical North American College


Ordination to the Diaconate
By His Excellency the Most Rev. Robert P. Deeley, J.C.D.
Bishop of Portland
October 3, 2019 at 9:30 am
Basilica of St. Peter in the Vatican at the Altar of the Chair

Dear families and friends in Christ,

Welcome to the diaconate ordination website of the Class of 2020! On Thursday, October 3rd, 2019, members of the Class of 2020 will be ordained to the Order of Deacon at St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome.

This website serves to provide our families, friends, and dioceses a resource of general information about the diaconate ordination. It contains practical information about travel to Rome that may serve as an aid in planning your trip to the Eternal City.

Ordination to the transitional diaconate marks the last stage in seminary formation before ordination to the priesthood. This website also allows you to take a look into the preparations undertaken by the class including reflections on the promises we will make as well as details about the ordination ceremony itself. The ordination brings about a profound change in the life of the man who receives it, as he passes from the lay to the clerical state. At the ordination, the man makes a public commitment to certain promises, namely, obedience to his ordinary, maintaining a life of chaste celibacy, and being a man of prayer, specifically by praying the Liturgy of the Hours on behalf of the Church and the world. By the laying on of hands and the prayer of consecration by a bishop, a man is configured to Christ the Servant, and is charged with assisting in a new way in the Church’s liturgical worship, especially by proclaiming the Gospel, preaching, and in performing works of charity.

We are blessed to have been accompanied throughout these past years of formation by the prayers and support of you, our family and friends, and as we draw near to the day of our ordination we kindly ask for your continued prayers and support.

We look forward to welcoming you all to the Eternal City in October!

Sincerely yours in Christ,

Justin Weber
Chairman of the Diaconate Planning Committee
Archdiocese of Milwaukee


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