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Friday, March 24, 2017
Westminster: seven Jesuit deacons ordained
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 Bishop John Arnold, Auxiliary in Westminster, ordained seven Jesuits as deacons on Saturday. The Mass at Farm Street Church in central London was attended by families and friends of the candidates, many of whom had travelled long distances to be there, as well as by several dozen Jesuits from Britain and overseas. The deacons come from five countries over three continents: Tim Byron is from Britain, Ārpād Horvāth from Hungary, Matsepane Morare from South Africa, Damian Ristic from Slovenia, and Paul Chi-Hun Kim, Simon Kuen-Sang Yi and Ignatius Sung-Hee Yoon are all from Korea. In his homily, Bishop Arnold reflected on the Gospel reading which spoke of the role of the shepherd. He reminded the deacons that in Palestine at the time of Christ, the shepherd led his flock, and often spent weeks with his sheep. 'The shepherd cannot clock off at 5 o'clock,' he told them. The bishop also used the first reading - from St Paul's first letter to Timothy - to encourage the new deacons. He pointed out that Paul's faith grew and developed over the years, as theirs needed to. The seven new deacons will now be continuing their formation as Jesuits, while exercising their duties as deacons. Source: Jesuit Communications
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