Candidacy for Holy Orders is the final step along the road before ordination to the diaconate, and three men of the college were admitted as Candidates during the Mass of the Ascension of Our Lord.
Three men were accepted as Candidates for Holy Orders in the Scots College on the Solemnity of the Ascension. Andrew McGowan from the Archdiocese of Glasgow alongside Charles Coyle and Mark O’Donnell from the Diocese of Motherwell were confirmed for the final stage of formation before their respective diaconate ordinations next year.
Vice-Rector of the Scots College, Fr. Gerald Sharkey said that “Candidacy is an important stage on the journey to priesthood. For these three men, it is a sign of their serious commitment and the Church’s glad response to it. We wish all three men well at this time and pray for them as they continue their formation journey to Holy Orders.”
After the Mass one of the new candidates, Mark O’Donnell from the Diocese of Motherwell reflected on what the admission to Candidacy means for him.
“It is a great honour to be recognised as a Candidate for Holy Orders by the Church after 5 years of study. Reaching this point is a big moment in my journey to priesthood as this year I finish my studies of Theology as well as receive candidacy. It presents me with a challenge but also an affirmation that I am on the right road. The challenge now is to continue my preparation for ordination and repay that trust the Church places in me with this honour.”
The Mass was celebrated by Bishop Paul Tighe, who currently serves at the Vatican’s Department of Culture.