Transitional Deacon Mass

On August 7th, four seminarians walked into Ss. Robert & William Church and walked out as deacons. Although the situation was not an ordinary one, with social distancing and masks, the spirit of Christ was ever-present. In Bishop Martin Amos' Homily, he remarked, "Ordination indelibly marks you and configures you to Christ, who made himself a deacon and servant of all." The Church's resolve was on full display as these young men journeyed onward in the path of service despite the complications and limitations put in their way due to Covid-19.

It was a great honor to host this momentous event for our parish and our diocese. During this time of the pandemic, the number of people allowed to gather is limited, but in all situations, we need to be creative to achieve our goals. We here at Ss. Robert & Williams are happy we could be part of the solution. Since many family members and friends could not physically come to the ordination, the seminarians needed a place that could live-stream the mass. Fr. John and the parish staff worked diligently over the past few months to ensure a high-quality live-stream. It is a great honor to be able to utilize this service for the diocese. Through the live-stream, hundreds of people were then able to watch and celebrate with these four men.

Many tasks may have become more challenging in these times, and many things have suffered. It is easy to become downtrodden, but we need to look at these occasions where we were able to reach out and lend a hand. Find ways to persevere through joint efforts. To cherish the times we overcame hurdles together under the love of Jesus Christ.

Nathan Raddell

Ss. Robert & William Catholic School and Parish

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Volume 11, Issue 9, Posted 4:04 PM, 09.03.2020