ORDINATION OF EIGHT JESUIT SCHOLASTIC DEACONS IN MADRID

ORDINATION OF EIGHT JESUIT SCHOLASTIC DEACONS IN MADRID

Eight international Jesuit scholastics received diaconal ordination from the Archbishop of Madrid, Cardinal Carlos Osoro, on February 5, 2022, at 18.00 local time at the Church of SS Francis Xavier and Aloysius Gonzaga, Mártires de la Ventilla, Madrid. The eight new deacons are Leonargo Angius (Italy), José Castillo (Spain), Savio Fernández (India), Paulus Hastra Kurdani (Indonesia), Antranik Kurukian (Lebanon), Cristiano Laino (Italy), Michael N Manalastas (USA), and Joan Morera (Spain). These eight deacons are studying theology at the Pontifical Comillas University, Madrid. Due to the pandemic, the series of ordination events were held on a limited basis according to the regulations set by the Spanish health authorities. Many family members and relatives of the ordained deacons were unable to attend due to official restrictions and procedures from the local government, including the family of Brother Dani from Indonesia who was unable to attend. Only a few scholastics who were studying there could support and congratulate Brother Dani. The following is a short video link from the series of ordination events.

In his homily, Cardinal Carlos highlighted the 500th anniversary of the conversion of Saint Ignatius of Loyola. This conversion is a process with four important moments in Ignatius’ life, namely wound, repentance, holiness, and mission. Of all his personal experiences, he made Jesus Christ the center. He truly saw and listened to Him in every situation and served to the best of his ability. Cardinal Carlos recounts the experience of St. Ignatius while speaking with the eight new deacons who have been ordained in the Ignatius family. He invited the eight deacons to love and serve God by becoming closer to His people. When reading from the Gospel of Luke about Peter and his friends who were helped by Jesus while fishing, Cardinal Carlos also encouraged the ordained deacons to dare to go deeper into themselves and go further to serve others. He closed his homily by inviting the eight deacons to dare to listen and live according to God’s word. “Be brave like St. “Ignatius who dared to face all circumstances and obstacles,” he concluded.

The entire celebration of the deacon’s ordination was accompanied by simple but solemn music performed by an Italian scholastic, Andrea Bonavita. The songs and music are arranged in various languages ​​such as Italian, Indian, Indonesian and Lebanese. At the end of the event, Brother Dani expressed his joyful and grateful words to Cardinal Carlos, all the coordinators of this celebratory event, and all the faithful who attended. After deacon ordination, these eight people must complete their studies at Comillas within the next four months. After their studies are complete, they usually return to their home province to carry out a new mission from their respective Provincial Fathers. 

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