Holy Door Pilgrimage to the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Lafayette, Indiana

imageThe Diocese of Lafayette-in-Indiana announced the Ordination of: Mr. John Nguyen, Mr. Cole Daily, Mr. Michael Bower and Mr. Coady Owens from St Louis de Montfort Parish, to the Sacred Order of Deacons on Saturday, May 28 at 11:00am.

The pilgrimage from Saint Louis de Montfort in Fishers, IN to the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception was two fold. Pilgrims experienced crossing the threshold of the Holy Door during the Extradorinary Jubilee of Mercy AND celebrated the Diaconal Ordination Mass.

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The ordination for deacons took place during the Mass at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Lafayette IN, after the Gospel was proclaimed. The ceremony began with the presentation of the candidates. Each one was called forth by name, and he stood up and answer, “Present.”

After all the candidates were called, Bishop Timothy L Doherty ensured that the candidates were suitable for ordination. Then, the “election” took place: the bishop declared that he has chosen the candidates to be ordained. The congregation begins applauding to show that they agree with the decision. This is reminiscent of the first “election” by the early Christian community when they chose the first seven deacons. The bishop then preached a homily on the Gospel.

When he was finished, the candidates made their promise of celibacy. This was followed by the “examination”—a series of questions, which includes the promise of prayer.

Then, each candidate went individually to the bishop to make the promise of obedience. He kneeled before him and placeed his joined hands between the hands of the bishop while making the promise.

After all the diaconal candidates made the promise of obedience, the bishop invited the people to pray that the “Father will mercifully pour out his blessings on these servants whom, in his kindness, he raises to the sacred Order of the diaconate.” In one of the more dramatic moments in the liturgy, all the diaconal candidates lay prostrate on the floor, while everyone else joined them kneeling in prayer.

While everyone was kneeling, the litany of the saints was sung. This calls to mind the fact that not only those faithful on earth, but also the entire Church in heaven is praying during this important moment. We invoke Mary and Joseph, the saints from the Gospels and the heroic martyrs of the early Church, some of the humblest saints and some of the most influential teachers of the Church, as well as the founders of the great religious orders, and ask them for their prayers.

The bishop then extended his hands over the candidates. This begins the most important part of the ceremony—the ordination itself. At this point, he began the prayer of consecration. The prayer asks God to draw near and recalls the gift of the first deacons. The bishop continues, “Send forth upon them, Lord, we pray, the Holy Spirit, that they may be strengthened by the gift of your sevenfold grace for the faithful carrying out of the work of the ministry.” He then intercedes for them, asking the Lord to grant them growth in holiness.

After this, each candidate went to the bishop and knelt before him. The bishop laid his hands on the candidate’s head, in silence. This is the “laying on of hands” found in the first ordination. The man is ordained a deacon.

After the candidates have been ordained, assisting deacons or priests help the new deacons put on first a deacon’s stole and then a vestment called the dalmatic.

Each newly ordained deacon then goes to the bishop and kneels before him. The bishop places the Book of the Gospels in the hands of the newly ordained, saying, “Receive the Gospel of Christ whose herald you have become. Believe what you read, teach what you believe, and practice what you teach.” Finally, the bishop stands and gives the kiss of peace to each new deacon. The Celebration of the Eucharist then continued as usual

Many parishioners from Saint Louis de Montfort Parish joined in prayer at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception on May 28, 2016 for Coady Owens. The next day, Coady was warmly welcomed back home at the parish where he grew up, St. Louis de Montfort.  On the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ Coady preached his first homily at each of the Sunday liturgies. Fr. Pat and Fr. Janko presented Coady with a large pix from the Parish.

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St. Louis de Montfort, pray for us!

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