Three Ordained as Permanent Deacons: “To be Another Christ”

Three Ordained as Permanent Deacons: “To be Another Christ”

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By Liz Sullivan

As they gathered with members of their families, their parish communities and other faithful from the Diocese of San Jose, three men were ordained to the Diaconate on May 19 at the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Joseph.

Carl A. Bugarin, Philip Andrew McCarty and Richard M. Noack were ordained before approximately 600 people in the Cathedral for the two-hour Mass.

“The scriptural foundations of the Diaconate do not raise too high a bar: Only that deacons be “reputable, filled with the Holy Spirit” and they be “dignified, not deceitful, not addicted to drink, not greedy for sordid gain, holding fast to the mystery of the faith with a clear conscience,” said Bishop Patrick J. McGrath in his Homily. “To put it plainly, the deacon is to be “another Christ.”

“In your parishes and in the context of the Church that goes beyond parish boundaries, today by the prayer of the Church, the work of the Holy Spirit and the laying on of hands, you are sent to serve even those whose very existence you may have not yet sensed, whose need may be beyond your present comprehension,” said the Bishop. “Like the prophet Isaiah, your message is one of glad tidings, of binding up the wounded, proclaiming liberty to captives and announcing the favor of the Lord.”

Deacon Bugarin has been assigned to Saint Victor Parish, Deacon McCarty to Saint Leo the Great Parish and Deacon Noack to Saint Christopher Parish.

“My brothers, today you are ordered for service in the ways of Christ. Conform your lives more closely to His. Whatever you do, in your speech and in your actions, do it always in the name of the Lord,” the Bishop added. “And take courage, because you will not be not alone in your work. While it is the three of you who will be ordained, I am acutely aware that your fidelity in ministry will happen through the loving support of your wives and your families. Remember always that your new ministry is not in opposition to your marriage and family life. Indeed, it flows from and through these gifts.”

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