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Who says ‘It don’t rain in Indianapolis’?

It’s raining deacons.

Fr. Bede Cisco, Director of Diaconate Formation for the Archdiocese of Indianapolis, kindly alerted me to a wonderful spread on the recent history-making ordination in the Criterion, the archdiocesan newspaper. Do give it a look. And visit the photo gallery, as well. Some choice snaps, by Sean Gallagher and Mary Ann Wyand, tell the story beautifully.

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Padre Steve

posted July 1, 2008 at 10:22 am

God bless all of our new Deacons!

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Mr. Basso

posted July 1, 2008 at 2:03 pm

first mass as deacons and they are not kneeling during the consecration? pity. nice sunflowers on THE candlestick though.

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Deacon Greg Kandra

posted July 1, 2008 at 2:20 pm

Basso…In an earlier posting — which included a picture of the candidates lying prostrate on the floor — I couldn’t help but notice, beside one of the men, a cane. This is just a hunch…but it’s entirely possible that kneeling was difficult or almost impossible for one or more of the men, and it was decided, instead, to let them remain standing. Maybe one of the men in the class can explain?? Blessings,Dcn. G.

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posted July 2, 2008 at 11:16 am

One of my classmates is disabled and uses a crutch. Kneeling is extremely difficult for him.I’m with Deacon Greg…maybe it’s kinda like “shaving your head” for a loved one experiencing chemo.Peace to all.

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Deacon Greg Kandra

posted July 2, 2008 at 12:30 pm

Guys … I learned yesterday that several of the men had health issues that presented great difficulties in kneeling — one had to make his promises to the bishop standing — and that they were positioned on risers behind the altar, which made kneeling all-but-impossible. Dcn. G.

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posted July 3, 2008 at 6:10 pm

Lord save us from BOOMERS. Our church will not be healed until we rid ourselves of anyone older than GENX. OK seriously as a 1st year candidate I do find it sad that there are not more men my age answering the call. I am the youngest in my class by a long shot…it almost cost me admission. Evidently the boomer dominated scrutinies board doesn’t like Xers.

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