On the 1st May, three candidates for Holy Orders were ordained to the Diaconate by Joseph Toal, Bishop of Motherwell, in the chapel of the Scots College, Rome.
The Scots College chapel has never been as full as it was on the 1st May for the Diaconate ordinations of 2016. Nearly 200 people were crammed into the chapel for the ordination of Bernard Mournian and Paul Denney, both of the Diocese of Motherwell and Jonathan Whitworth from the Diocese of Paisley.
During the Mass, Bishop Toal reflected on the readings of the day in his Homily, highlighting aspects important to consider in ones vocation, whether ordained, married or in the single life. Then, the Rite of Ordination, including the vows of obedience, celibacy and an examination of the candidates followed. During the Litany of Saints, the three candidates prostrated themselves at the foot of the stairs to the sanctuary whilst the congregation joined to recite the ancient Litany. After the new deacons were vested with their diaconate stole and dalmatic, the Bishop presented them with the Book of the Gospels and they were greeted by their fellow deacons.
Sunday was the culmination of months of organisation for the new deacons and the college community and thankfully the weather held off to give a more Roman atmosphere than Scottish, with the sun shining as the new deacons and their guests gathered after Mass for a chance to take photos together, chat and catch up after the journey from Scotland and other parts of the world.
For all the pictures of the day, check out the Scots College Facebook. You can also visit the Paisley Vocations Facebook site to watch Reverend Whitworth reflecting on the experience of the Diaconate mass and his lasting memories of the day.