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Twenty-three Legionaries of Christ ordained as transitional deacons

June 2013 deaconate ordinations

Twenty-three Legionaries of Christ were ordained to the transitional deaconate Saturday, June 29, 2013, at the Legion’s Center of Higher Studies in Rome.  Eight young men are from the United States and one from Canada. 

Among those ordained were Deacon Frederick Keiser, from Kansas, and Deacon Matthew Schmitz, from Minnesota, who offer catechesis through videos on the YouTube channel “thebrothersinblack.” Deacon Matthew Schneider, from Canada, publishes a blog called on the New Evangelization.

Deacon Keiser shared this reflection about the ceremony: “It was like everyone, the whole Church, was lifting us up in prayer.  It was amazing, powerful.”

Archbishop Renato Boccardo of Spoleto-Norcia ordained them.  His homily could be summarized with the following quote: “God has chosen you and now, by means of this sacrament, he is about to make you instruments and signs of his love among men and women.”

Besides the deacons ordained on June 29, five more had been ordained earlier in June in Mexico and France.  Another three are slated to be ordained in Brazil in August. 

In December, 2013, these transitional deacons will be ordained priests by Cardinal Velasio De Paolis, Pontifical Delegate of the Legion of Christ and Regnum Christi.  This generation is projected to have 31 new priests in all. 

For photos of the ordination, click here:

For an audio visual presentation on the event, click here.



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