deacons

In The Pope Video for May, the Holy Father brings to the fore a special figure within the clergy—deacons—and asks us to pray that they may be “an invigorating symbol for the entire Church.”(Vatican City, May 5, 2020) – The new Pope Video has just been published, as it is each month, to make known the prayer intention that the Holy Father has entrusted to the Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network. On this occasion, it is about deacons, “the guardians of service in the Church”...
A RESPONSE OF TENDERNESS"To the pandemic of the virus we want to respond with the universality of prayer, of compassion, of tenderness", suggested Pope Francis, just before Holy Week and Easter, as the virus ripped through almost every country in the world. This pandemic transcends, indeed ignores, all national boundaries but so too could that trinity of prayer, compassion and tenderness that the Holy Father proposed. This echoes Pope Francis’s frequent previous pleas for what he termed a “...
The eight Jesuits lie prostrate in St Ignatius' parish church, Stamford Hill
On Saturday 25 February, Bishop Nicholas Hudson ordained eight Jesuits as deacons. The men come from all over the world. Anthony Paul Appu, Nilan Fernando, Thomas Idergard, Swaninathan Krishnamurti, Roy Alex Kuzhimannil, Sandeep Lakra, Alphonse Lepcha and Mikael Schink have all been living and studying in London for the last three or more years before becoming deacons.While reflecting on the Gospel chosen for the day,  Bishop Hudson encouraged the eight candidates to get to know Christ the...
St Phoebe, a deacon in the early Church
Several Jesuits are among the members of a commission being set up by Pope Francis to study the possibility of allowing women to serve as deacons in the Catholic Church. The announcement of the group follows a promise made last May during a meeting at the Vatican with some 900 leaders of the world’s congregations of Catholic women religious.The commission will be led by Jesuit Archbishop Luis Francisco Ladaria SJ, who is secretary of the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of...
The Book of the Gospels is presented to the new deacons
This Saturday, six Jesuits will be ordained deacons at Sacred Heart Church in Wimbledon. The men have been studying in Britain and come from various Jesuit provinces in Asia and Europe. They are:Wouter Blesgraff from the Netherlands; Naveen Xavier Buchupalli from Andhra Province (south east India); Austrian Jesuit, Robert Deinhammer; Markus Dreher (Germany); Kundong Benedict Kim from Korea; and Anup Ranja Minj, a Jesuit from Nepal. The principal celebrant on Saturday will be Archbishop...
This Saturday, ten Jesuits will be ordained deacons in Southwark Cathedral. The men have been studying in Britain and come from three continents.  Eight of the men are being ordained for Indian provinces: Deepak George and Tomson Antony are from Kerala; Milton Costa, Francis Dores and Probash Pius Rozario (from Bangladesh) are being ordained for the Calcutta Province; Ravindra Darshima is a Jesuit of the Dumka-Raiganj Province; Richard Hiruthayaraj is from Madurai; and Leo Thomas is from...
Ten Jesuits from seven Jesuit provinces are due to be ordained deacons on Saturday at 2pm. Yesterday (1 February), they made their Profession of Faith at Campion Hall in Oxford, as part of three days of prayer and preparation for their ordinations (a Triduum), led by the Master of Campion Hall, Dr James Hanvey SJ.The Jesuits who are being ordained to the diaconate at the weekend have been studying in Britain and come from three continents.  Eight of the men are from India: Deepak...
Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster, has ordained nine Jesuits as deacons.  In one of the first major ceremonies since being made Cardinal by Pope Francis, he presided at the Ordination Mass in Westminster Cathedral on Saturday 1 March 2014. For the past three years, the new deacons have been studying at Heythrop College, University of London, which this year is celebrating the 400th anniversary of its foundation by the Jesuits in Louvain. 2014 is also the 200th...