We are pleased to announce that four Edmonton men are preparing for ordination this month to the permanent diaconate in the Archdiocese. Archbishop Richard Smith will preside at the Mass of Ordination on Tuesday, July 21, at 7 p.m. at St. Joseph’s Basilica.
The candidates are:
Please keep these men in your prayers.
Due to COVID-19 health restrictions, attendance at the diaconal ordinations will be limited to family members of the candidates. We invite everyone else to participate via the livestream on:
- Youtube @archedmonton,
- Facebook @archedmonton,
- Twitter @archedmonton or
- via cable television on TELUS Optik TV Channel 876.
A permanent deacon’s ministry evolves in response to specific needs and his God-given talents. The three dimensions of diaconal service are Ministry of Love and Justice, Ministry of the Word of God, and Ministry within the Liturgy. Permanent deacons prepare the faithful to celebrate the sacraments and to carry out their vocations as baptized Christians. They are commissioned to preach, to teach, to counsel and to give spiritual guidance. They baptize, witness marriages, and preside at wake services and funerals. In all that they do, permanent deacons act as servants of the Church.
The July 21st ordinations will bring the total number of permanent deacons in the Archdiocese to 39.