“Heavenly Father, since the time of the Apostles, you have inspired the Church to commission certain members to assist in a special way in the pastoral mission of Christ.
Bless the deacons that they may be humble and faith-inspired in their service. We ask this through Christ, our Lord. Amen.”
Today is the Feast of St. Andrew the Apostle but it was even more special because it is also the Diaconate Ordination of a close friend whom I also consider an older son. And before I forget, I would like to congratulate the newly ordained Deacons of the Order of Preachers:
- Rev. Bejay P. Namuag, OP
- Rev. Paul Lovell G. Javier, OP
- Rev. Jeremy E. Realubit, OP
- Rev. Rudolf Steven N. Seno, OP
- Rev. Manoj Rasanjana, OP
We were at Sto. Domingo Church earlier than the appointed time. There was really no traffic because it’s a holiday today. Today also marks the 4th Sacerdotal Ordination Anniversary of my good friend, Fr. Louie Coronel, OP who is also my co-admin at Apostles Filipino Catholic Community. It was definitely another day worth remembering – seeing old friends and meeting the Dominican community in one of their most important gatherings. It was also my first time to meet the Ordaining Prelate , His Eminence Jose Cardinal Sanchez, DD. The occasion was a solemn one, replete with meaningful moments. I’ve quite forgotten how lovely an ordination can be since the last time I attended one was so long ago. What I do remember are the solemn profession of vows made by some FMM (Franciscan Missionaries of Mary) friends two or three years ago.
I am looking forward to the event when all these five Deacons will finally be ordained as priests a few months from now. Fr. Louie told me to attend Lovell’s first mass. I am keeping my fingers crossed. We need to pray for them too, more so, we need to pray for our priests.