29 August 2009

Congratulations to our Deacons...

Today is the twelfth anniversary of the ordination of both the deacons who serve at Our Lady of the Atonement.

Deacon Michael D'Agostino is the business manager of Central Catholic High School, a Marianist institution here in San Antonio. He is with us on Sundays and Holy Days, and is on the regular schedule for preaching. He also assists with marriage preparation and other pastoral duties as needed.

Deacon James P. Orr is the business manager for the parish, which includes both the church and school. He also preaches, helps with preparing couples for marriage, assists with counseling, and is an essential day to day advisor to me. Deacon Orr teaches AP World Geography at the Academy, and almost any student I talk to tells me, "He's my favorite teacher!"

Our deacons are immensely important in the ministry of our parish, and I'm very, very grateful to them for giving themselves in service to the Church through this parish.

ALMIGHTY God, who by thy divine providence hast appointed divers Orders of Ministers in thy Church, and didst inspire thine Apostles to choose into the Order of Deacons the first Martyr Saint Stephen, with others; Mercifully behold these thy servants called to the like Office and Administration: so replenish them with the truth of thy Doctrine, and adorn them with innocency of life, that, both by word and good example, they may faithfully serve thee in this Office, to the glory of thy Name, and the edification of thy Church; through the merits of our Saviour Jesus Christ, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghost, now and for ever. Amen.