Ordination to the Diaconate
By the Most Rev. James F. Checchio, Bishop of Metuchen
September 28, 2017 at 9:30 am
The Feast of Saint Wenceslaus
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 2018! On Thursday, September 28, 2017, members of the Class of 2018 will be ordained to the Order of Deacon at St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome. On behalf of our class, the Diaconate Planning Committee would like to invite you to join us for this joyful event!
The website serves to provide our families, friends, and dioceses a resource with which to find general information about the diaconate ordination. It also allows you to take a look 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 ceremony itself. The site also contains practical information about travel to Rome that may serve as an aid in your trip to the Eternal City.
Ordination to the transitional diaconate marks the last stage in seminary formation before ordination to the priesthood. 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 also 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 September!
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Chairman of the Diaconate Planning Committee
Diocese of Phoenix