The Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge bestowed the Sacrament of Holy Orders on Deacon John Kane and Deacon Michael Schuetz at an Ordination Mass celebrated at Saint Catherine of Siena in Wake Forest on June 4, 2016.
Deacon Kane and Deacon Schuetz were presented for service by Fr. Bill John Acosta, Director of Vocations for the Diocese of Raleigh. After inquiring if the deacons were worthy to be ordained, Bishop Burbidge accepted the request to the sound of applause from the congregation.
In his homily, Bishop Burbidge said to the two men, “John and Michael, you are ordained priests at a very historic and joyful time in the life of our Church as we continue the celebration of Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy. It is the hope and prayer of Pope Francis that this grace-filled moment will be a time for all of us to experience a radical transformation and become totally new persons in Christ.”
He continued, “As young and newly ordained priests, I believe you also have a special opportunity to go out with missionary zeal to our young people who sometimes stumble and fall in light of the many temptations around them. They can so easily give up on themselves. Convince them God never gives up on them.”
Following the Bishop’s homily, the Rite of Ordination continued with Father Kane and Father Schuetz promising fidelity to Christ and to the ministry of Priesthood. Each man, kneeling before the Bishop with his hands gripped between hands of the Bishop, promised respect and obedience to the Bishop and his successors.
The gift of the Holy Spirit was then conferred by the laying on of hands, followed by the Prayer of Ordination. The Bishop then anointed the palms of each hand of the newly ordained as a sign that he is now sealed with the Holy Spirit. He was also called forth through the imposition of hands and the Prayer of Ordination. Father Kane and Father Schuetz were then vested in their chasubles.
Father Kane will celebrate his first Mass at Saint Joseph Parish in Raleigh on Sunday, June 5 at 9:00 a.m. He will assume the position of Parochial Vicar of Saint Thomas More in Chapel Hill.
Father Schuetz will celebrate his first Mass at Saint Joseph Parish in Raleigh on Sunday, June 5 at 11:30 a.m. He will assume the position of Parochial Vicar of Saint Paul Parish in New Bern.