Dear families and friends in Christ,
Welcome to the diaconate ordination website of the Class of 2023! In the Fall of 2022, members of the Class of 2023 will be ordained to the Order of Deacons at St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome.
The website is a resource to provide our families, friends, and dioceses with general information about the diaconate ordination. It also contains practical information about travel to Rome that may help in planning your trip to the Eternal City.
Ordination to the diaconate marks the last stage in seminary formation before ordination to the priesthood. This website also allows you a glimpse into the preparations undertaken by the class leading up to the ordination by posting reflections on the promises we will make at ordination, as well as details about the ordination liturgy 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 Divine Office on behalf of the Church and the world.
By the laying on of hands and the prayer of ordination 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 performing works of charity.
We are blessed to have been accompanied throughout these past years of formation by the prayers and support of so many 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 September!
Sincerely yours in Christ,
|Jacob Daniel Sessions|
Chairman of the Diaconate Planning Committee
Diocese of Birmingham in Alabama