July 20, 2008. By making their lives a gift to
God, two sons of Ireland and Italy have also become
a gift to their homeland.
|Diaconal ordination of Fr Nicola Tovagliari, LC, in the parish church of Gorla Minore in the province of Varese, Italy.|
On July 4, Deacon
Darren Brennan, LC, an Irishman, was ordained to the diaconate
in Dublin. Two days later, on July 6, Deacon Nicola
Tovagliari, LC, was ordained in his hometown in Gorla Minore,
in the Italian province of Varese.
are a sign of hope for their native country.
During the homily at Our Lady of Perpetual Help parish,
Archbishop Diarmuid commented on the special grace of receiving a
new Irish deacon in a year when the Church in
Ireland is celebrating its Year of Vocation. After the Mass,
His Excellency also expressed his gratitude for the opportunity to
preside over the ordination, and assured them of his support
Deacon Darren commented, “The moment of the
litany of the saints was especially important for me, because
I was deeply aware of my own poverty on the
one hand, and of the greatness of God on the
other. He gives to us with full hands, while man
often gives very little.”
The ordination in Gorla
Minore was held in St Lorenzo parish, and was presided
over by Bishop Luigi Stucchi, auxiliary bishop for the archdiocese
of Milan. In his homily, Bishop Stucchi spoke of the
meaning of the diaconate as a call to service and
encouraged Deacon Nicola to live out his ministry in fidelity
to the Church and with a spirit of service to
|Archbishop Diarmuid Martin before laying hands on Darren Brennan, LC.|
After the ceremony, the new Italian deacon thanked
everyone present for their prayers, expressing his gratitude for the
grace of his ordination.
The two new deacons
are now preparing for their upcoming priestly ordination on December
20 in the Roman basilica of St Paul Outside the
Walls. All are welcome to attend.