Aleteia logoAleteia logo
Aleteia
Tuesday 01 December |
Saint of the Day: Bl. Charles de Foucauld

Ordination update: 10 new deacons for St. Paul and Minneapolis

Deacon Greg Kandra - published on 12/10/17

FromThe Catholic Spirit:

The deacon is a powerful icon of Christ the servant that our Church and our world need today, said Archbishop Bernard Hebda as he ordained 10 permanent deacons Dec. 9 at the Cathedral of St. Paul in St. Paul. He told the candidates, “Your message, which is again the Church’s message, will be credible to the extent that you are able to manifest the image of Christ who … came to serve and not be served.” Approximately 1,700 gathered to celebrate the ordination, including Bishop Andrew Cozzens, priests, deacons, family and friends. It took place on the feast of St. Juan Diego, to whom Our Lady of Guadalupe appeared in Mexico and gave her image on his tunic, called a tilma, in 1531. Parts of the liturgy were proclaimed and sung in Spanish. Noting that the Blessed Mother accompanied St. Juan Diego, Archbishop Hebda told the candidates, “As you engage in this important ministry in the Church, you won’t be wearing the tilma, but you’ll be wearing the stole and dalmatic [vestment] that should be a reminder to you that you go with the Church.” The new deacons and their home parishes are: Gordon Bird, 60, All Saints, Lakeville; Dan Brewer, 53, St. Joseph, West St. Paul; John Cleveland, 63, St. Therese, Deephaven; Patrick Hirl, 52, St. Gabriel the Archangel, Hopkins; Alan Nicklaus, 53, Our Lady of Peace, Minneapolis; Paul Ravnikar, 59, St. Vincent de Paul, Brooklyn Park; Michael Redfearn, 40, St. Wenceslaus, New Prague; James Reinhardt, 56, Holy Family, St. Louis Park; Ronald Schmitz, 56, Holy Trinity, South St. Paul; and Donald Tienter, 58, St. Cecilia, St. Paul. During the two and a half hour liturgy, the archbishop honored the candidates’ wives for their support. The candidates declared their intention to become deacons and prostrated themselves on the altar. Archbishop Hebda laid hands on their heads and said the prayer of ordination. The newly ordained deacons were then vested in a diaconal stole and dalmatic.

Read on.

Among other things, I think the new deacons reveal once again how the diaconate in the United States is evolving—becoming younger and more diverse. Two decades ago, mot of the men being ordained would have been in their 60’s.

Congratulations and welcome, brothers! Ad multos annos!

Photo: Dave Hrbacek/The Catholic Spirit

Support Aleteia!

If you’re reading this article, it’s thanks to the generosity of people like you, who have made Aleteia possible.

Here are some numbers:

  • 20 million users around the world read Aleteia.org every month
  • Aleteia is published every day in eight languages: English, French, Arabic, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Polish, and Slovenian
  • Each month, readers view more than 50 million pages
  • Nearly 4 million people follow Aleteia on social media
  • Each month, we publish 2,450 articles and around 40 videos
  • We have 60 full time staff and approximately 400 collaborators (writers, translators, photographers, etc.)

As you can imagine, these numbers represent a lot of work. We need you.

Support Aleteia with as little as $1. It only takes a minute. Thank you!

Daily prayer
And today we celebrate...




Top 10
LUXOR FILM FESTIVAL
Zoe Romanowsky
20-year-old filmmaker wins award for powerful...
Andrea Bocelli
J-P Mauro
Andrea Bocelli to perform live Christmas conc...
Eric Clapton, Luciano Pavarotti, East London Gospel Choir
J-P Mauro
Hear Clapton and Pavarotti sing a prayer to t...
John Paul II
Philip Kosloski
St. John Paul II's guide to a fruitful Advent
CATHEDRAL OF THE SACRED HEART
Fr. Patrick Briscoe, OP
6 Questions to determine if your heart is har...
FIRST CENTURY HOUSE AT THE SISTERS OF NAZARETH SITE
John Burger
British archaeologist confident he has found ...
See More