Bishop Burbidge's Homily
On Saturday, April 11, 2015, the Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge ordained timothy Ahn, Philip Johnson, John Kane and Michael Schuetz to the Transitional Diaconate in a Rite of Ordination of a Deacon. The Rite was celebrated at Saint Catherine of Siena Church in Wake Forest. The four men are completing their Third Year Theology studies and are scheduled for ordination to the Priesthood in 2015.
Deacons Ahn and Schuetz have been studying at the Pontifical North American College in Rome, while Deacons Kane and Johnson have attended Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary in Philadelphia.
In his homily, Bishop Burbidge told the men that they would carry Jesus to people through service and through preaching the Word.
“For you to carry Jesus to others, above all, you must be known as the apostles in today’s First Reading: companions of Jesus,” the bishop said. “Dear candidates, you must spend time daily with the Lord if you are to be like Him.”
He concluded, “Dear candidates, strengthened by the grace of this Sacrament and filled with the Holy Spirit, go forth as witnesses of the Risen Lord, so that throughout your life and on the day God calls you to Himself you are recognized as servants and companions of Jesus, our Risen Lord who lives and reigns forever and ever.”
Following the homily, the Candidates knelt before the Bishop, placing their hands between those of the Bishop, and promised obedience to the Bishop and his successors. That was followed by the Candidates prostrating themselves as the Litany of Saints was sung.
The Rite continued with the Laying on of Hands and the Prayer of Ordination. Now ordained Deacons, the men were invested with the stole and dalmatic, the vestments which signify a ministerial role in the Celebration of the Eucharist. The Deacons then knelt before the Bishop to receive the Book of Gospels.
A reception for all in attendance followed the Mass.