Holy Orders is a Sacrament of Committed Service.
Prayer for Vocations to Holy Orders (Prayer from Roman Missal)
O God, who willed to provide shepherds for your people,
pour out in your Church a spirit of piety and fortitude,
to raise up worthy ministers for your altars
and make them ardent yet gentle heralds of your Gospel.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. Amen
Bishops, priests and deacons are ordained through the Sacrament of Holy Orders for service to the Church and the world.
José Haro grew up in St. Joseph Parish and entered Sacred Heart Seminary in Detroit after he graduated from Loy Norrix High School in 2006. Let us keep José and the other deacons in our daily prayers.
The Transitional Deacon Ordination on May 9, 2015.
Courtesy of John Graph/Diocese of Kalamazoo
Back Row: Deacon Paul Redmond, Bishop Emeritus James A. Murray, Bishop Paul J. Bradley, and Deacon Bruno Okoli
Front Row: Deacon Jose Haro and Andrew Raczkowski
Role of Bishop: A bishop's role is to teach, lead and guide a diocese. A diocese is a clearly defined geographic area which consists of several parishes. A few of the ways in which a bishop relates to the people in the parishes is to assign a pastor, confirm those who were baptized in infancy. He also blesses the oils to be used in the sacraments through the year during the Chrism Mass in Holy Week. He sends various written and video communications, and initiates the Bishop's Annual Appeal.
Connections within the Church (Note: Explanation of Diocesan Crest is on p.2)
Role of Priest: Priests are united with their bishop through their ordination and share in service to God's people. A priest is given the power to consecrate the Eucharist, forgive sins, and administer the other sacraments except Holy Orders and Matrimony. In Matrimony, he is the Church's official witness. The couple confers the sacrament on each other by expressing their consent before the official witness of the Church
Role of Deacon: Both transitional and permanent deacons are ordained for the ministry of the word; of the liturgy; and of charity.
Deacons have an official role in the Mass of reading the Gospel, leading the General Intercessions, being an ordinary minister of Holy Communion and assisting in other ways. With the permission of the pastor, they may preach during Mass, celebrate solemnly the Sacrament of Baptism, be the witness of the Church at the celebration of the Sacrament of Matrimony, and engage in various forms of service both within the parish and beyond.
Transitional deacons receive one of the orders of Holy Orders, will continue their journey to priesthood, and are members of the clergy.
José Haro was ordained a transitional deacon on May 9, 2015 at St. Augustine Cathedral, Kalamazoo by Bishop Bradley. The next day he preached the homily at the Sunday Masses at St. Joseph Church and talked with parishioners afterwards.
The Second Vatican Council in the 1960s restored the permanent diaconate in the Church. Permanent deacons receive one of the orders of Holy Orders. will remain in this Order, and are members of the clergy. If they are already married they may continue to live a normal married life. John Ryder was ordained as a permanent deacon in 2012.
For more information contact:
Monsignor Michael Hazard
(269) 343-6256, ext 103
Deacon John Ryder