Calling the men before him to missionary discipleship and stressing their role in the New Evangelization, Donald Cardinal Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington, ordained 43 seminarians from the Pontifical North American College, including two from the Diocese of Tyler, to the Order of Deacon on Thursday morning at the Altar of the Chair at St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome.
With their ordination, now-Deacons George Elliott and Josh Neu enter the final period of preparation for the priesthood for the Diocese of Tyler.
Bishop Joseph Strickland and at least six priests from the dioceses joined a large contingent of lay faithful from East Texas at the ordination and reception that followed.
Wuerl told the new deacons that it was the “providential will of God” that they were being ordained to the diaconate at this time in history, and reminded them of the words of Ven. Paul VI that “modern men listen more willingly to witnesses than teachers.”
Elliott and Neu will continue their studies in Rome and are expected to be ordained to the priesthood sometime in 2015.