Admission of New Candidate for Holy Orders

The community congratulates Ryan Black on his admission to Candidacy for Holy Orders.

‘You have fallen in love with the God who has chosen you’Concelebrants

On Thursday 17th May 2018, Ryan Black was admitted as a Candidate for Holy Orders at a Mass celebrated by Archbishop Arthur Roche, the Secretary of the Vatican’s Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments.

Ryan is coming to the end of his fifth year of formation at the Pontifical Scots College and is preparing to be ordained for the Diocese of Paisley. Speaking about the Mass, he said, “I want to give special thanks to the archbishop for celebrating the Mass and for his wonderful words of encouragement before Mass and during the homily. I would also like to thank my parents and my aunt for travelling to Rome to join us, and for their love and support.


Beloved son, the pastors and teachers in charge of your formation, and others who know you, have given a favourable account of you, and we have full confidence in their testimony.
I
n response to the Lord’s call, do you resolve to complete your preparation so that in due time through Holy Orders you will be prepared to assume ministry within the Church?

I do.

Do you resolve to prepare yourselves in mind and spirit to give faithful service to Christ the Lord and his Body, the Church?

I do.

The Church accepts your resolve with joy. May God who has begun the good work in you bring it to fulfilment.


“Thanks also to the Rector, formation staff, deacons, seminarians and sisters of the College for their support, friendship and prayers over these past five years. Together with seminarians from other Colleges in Rome, they have helped me to enjoy living and studying here.”

Sitting next to Ryan during the Mass were his parents, Joan and Norrie Black, and his aunt and Godmother, Angela Spence. He was also joined by friends and classmates from the Venerable English College and the Pontifical Irish College. Archbishop Roche took the opportunity to thank them for supporting Ryan over the past five years and longer.

Following the archbishop’s lead, the Rector, Fr Daniel Fitzpatrick, thanked the community for supporting Ryan with their prayers and friendship. He took the time to recognise the strength of the current community before inviting everyone to stand and sing a rendition of Ad multos annos to the new Candidate. He could not resist expressing his delight that Ryan, who—God willing—will be ordained to the diaconate next year, hails from his own diocese!

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