November 27, 2018 — This year, U.S. and Canadian Jesuits were
ordained to the diaconate at several different Masses in the United
States, Canada, Rome, Paris and Cairo. For a Jesuit in formation,
ordination to the diaconate is the final step in preparation for priestly
ordination in the Society of Jesus.
Sixteen Jesuits were ordained deacons on April 3 by Cardinal
Walter Kasper at the Church of GesÃ¹ in Rome, including Canadian Jesuit Adam Hincks and
American Jesuit Thomas Flowers. Fr. General Arturo Sosa, SJ, Superior General
of the Society of Jesus, concelebrated the ordination Mass. Flowers
was later ordained to the priesthood in June; Hincks
and most of the rest of the men ordained deacons this year will be ordained to
the priesthood next summer.
Sixteen Jesuits were ordained deacons on April 3 in Rome, including American
Jesuit Thomas Flowers (top row, second from right) and Canadian Jesuit Adam
Hincks (top row, far right).
On April 14, eight Jesuits were ordained as deacons at Ã‰glise Saint-Ignace
in Paris by Most Reverend Michel Pansard, Bishop of Evry-Corbeil-Essonnes. This
included two Jesuits from the United States — Bryan
Norton, SJ, and Timothy O’Brien, SJ (who
was ordained to the priesthood in June) — along with Jesuits from India, Rwanda, Burundi, Egypt and France.
Eight Jesuits were ordained to the diaconate in Paris on April 14.
On May 19, five Jesuits from the U.S.
and Canada were ordained deacons by Most Reverend Terrence
Prendergast, SJ, Archbishop of Ottawa, at St. Paul’s Basilica in Toronto. Fr. Sosa was visiting
Canada at the time and
concelebrated the Mass. Edward Penton, SJ,
from Canada, was ordained a deacon, along with four Jesuits from the United
States: Christopher Grodecki, SJ; Alex Llanera, SJ; Robert Van Alstyne, SJ; and
James Sand, SJ. Two Jesuits, Edmund Lo, SJ, and
Artur Suski, SJ, were also ordained to the priesthood at the Mass.
Five Jesuits were ordained deacons on May 19 in Toronto, along with two Jesuits
who were ordained to the priesthood.
During Fr. Sosa’s visit to Canada, he also attended the
ordination of Haitian Jesuit Johnny MassÃ©ba to the diaconate at the Jesuit Chapel in Quebec City
on May 26. Cardinal GÃ©rald Cyprien Lacroix, Archbishop of Quebec,
presided, and Fr. Sosa shared a few words at the beginning of the
celebration and reflected on the international character of the Society.
Johnny MassÃ©ba, SJ, was ordained to the diaconate May 26 in Quebec City.
On July 17, American Jesuit Peter Gadalla was ordained a
deacon in the Coptic Rite in Cairo by Patriarch Ibrahim Isaac Sidrak, the head
of the Coptic Catholic Church.
Peter Gadalla, SJ, (fifth from right) after being ordained a deacon on July 17
Eleven Jesuits were ordained deacons on Sept. 15 at the
Church of Saint Ignatius of Loyola at Boston College by Cardinal SeÃ¡n O’Malley,
OFM Cap. The men who were ordained, including six American Jesuits, are all
studying theology at the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry. The
Jesuits ordained in Boston were: Matthew Baugh, SJ; Diogo Costa Fernandes, SJ; Kieran Gill, SJ;
Stefanus Hendrianto, SJ; Stephen Kramer, SJ; Rodrigo Espinoza Lopez, SJ; Andy Nguyen, SJ; Greg
Ostdiek, SJ; Ramesh Richards, SJ; Adam Rosinski, SJ; and Travis Russell, SJ.
Eleven Jesuits were
ordained deacons on Sept. 15 in Boston.
On Oct. 20 in Oakland,
California, six U.S. Jesuits were ordained to the diaconate at the Cathedral of
Christ the Light by Most Reverend Michael
Barber, SJ, Bishop of Oakland: Ricardo Avila, SJ; Jonathan Harmon, SJ; Andrew
Laguna, SJ; Vincent Marchionni, SJ; Francis Nguyen, SJ; and Matthew Spotts, SJ.
Six Jesuits were ordained deacons Oct. 20
in Oakland, California.
The new deacons were
ordained as part of their formation to become
priests, and they are
authorized to proclaim the Word of God, to preach and to preside at the
sacraments of baptism and marriage and at the rite of Christian burial. Learn more
about the stages of Jesuit formation at BeaJesuit.org.