Issued by the Catholic Center for Studies and Media - Jordan. Editor-in-chief Fr. Rif'at Bader - موقع أبونا

Published on Saturday, 11 June 2022
Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem: Michel Dhib, Yazan Bader ordained deacons

 MunirBayouk/ :

On Friday, June 10, 2022, Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem His Beatitude Pierbattista Pizzaballa celebrated Holy Mass at the Co-Cathedral of the "Most Holy Name of Jesus" in the Old City of Jerusalem during which Michel Munthir Al-Dhib and Yazan Farid Bader, who had attended the Latin Patriarchal Seminary in Beit Jala, were ordained deacons.


In attendance were Latin Patriarchal Vicar Bishop William Shomali, Patriarchal Vicar in Galilee Bishop Rafic Nahra, Bishop Giacinto-Boulos Marcuzzo, Director of the Seminary Fr. Bernard Poggi, Greek Catholic Patriarchal Vicar for Jerusalem Bishop Yasser Ayyash, a group of priests, religious congregations, and believers.


In his homily, Patriarch Pizzaballa referred in the first reading from the Holy Bible (1 Kings 19:10-11) to the moment when Prophet Elijah lived in a cave on Mount Horeb, as he was persecuted and fled to avoid being killed. There, he felt the presence of God through the light breeze of wind, and this is a sign that the divine presence is not present in strong or violent signs, such as the great wind and earthquake, but rather in the moments that give room to contemplation and listening.


Patriarch Pizzaballa pointed out that the diaconate ordination underway is a transitional stage for accepting the holy priesthood during the coming months, and therefore if the diaconate service is performed well, so will the priestly service. Likewise, His Beatitude Patriarch Pizzaballa emphasized that diaconate means service, namely serving God and serving His holy people, which can only be accomplished by listening and contemplating what the Lord says.


During the Holy Mass, the to-be-deacons professed their vows.


The Catholic Center for Studies and Media in Jordan conveys well wishes to the newly ordained deacons wishing them success in serving the Lord as well as in conveying the Holy Bible's message of love and peace.