10 ordained permanent deacons
By Donis TracyPilot Correspondent
Next, the deacons were presented with the Book of the Gospels by Cardinal O'Malley who exhorted them saying, "Receive the Gospel of Christ, whose herald you have become. Believe what you read, teach what you believe and practice what you teach."
The rite of ordination concluded with the kiss of peace given by Cardinal O'Malley, Bishops John Dooher, Peter Uglietto and Arthur Kennedy, and all the permanent deacons present for the ordination.
The deacons' wives brought the gifts to the altar, and the Mass continued with the newly ordained deacons standing at the altar for the first time.
"For me this is a call, first and foremost, to have a real relationship with Jesus," said Deacon Michael Joens. "That's a relationship I hope that as a servant, I can bring to the people I'm called to serve."
"Today is a day full of joy," added Elizabeth Joens, his wife. "It's an overwhelming joy I feel, watching him realize something that has been 14 years in the making."
"What a wonderful celebration for our Church," said Deacon Louis Piazza following the ordination. "How many times in our day do we see so many clergy worshipping together? That's the part that touches me the most," he said.
Deacon Thomas O'Shea said, "I really felt the power of the Holy Spirit in this whole day -- in the friends, in the family, in the sacrament, in all the ways that one can feel the Holy Spirit in action."
He praised his wife of 23 years, Carol, for her support throughout the process.
Standing beside Deacon O'Shea, his two children, Molly, 19, and Thomas, 17, smiled, "We are really proud of him. He worked so hard for so long," they said.
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