It was a joyful day for the Catholic church in Bangladesh following the ordination of new deacons at the Holy Spirit Church in Dhaka on May 27.
The 8 diocesan and 1 Franciscan deacon, all products of the Bangladesh National Major Seminary in Dhaka, Banani are Joakim Gain (Shathkhira), Joy Joseph Quiah (Noakhali), Lincon Michael Costa (Rangamatia), Michael Hasdak (Bhutahara), Michael Murmu (Mariampur), Noresh Lawrence Mardy (Beneedwar), Polas Joseph Khalko (Khalish), Rassel, Anthgony Rebeiro (Rangamatia), and Samuel Soren, TOR (Kolimnagor).
The Chairperson of the Seminary Commission of Bangladesh, Bishop Emmanuel K. Rozario of Barisal diocese ordained the deacons in the presence of priests, nuns, family, and lay people.
Bishop Sebastian Tudu of the Dinajpur diocese and Bishop Gervas Rozario of the Rajshahi diocese joined Bishop Rozario.
In his homily, he said, “In the church and the world, deacons are a sign and instrument of Christ, who came not to be served but to serve.”
“Deacons are the bearer of a message that sheds light on the pressing problems on earth. The deacon must be charitable, agreeable, warm, and kind. He must dedicate to others his interest, his time, and the commitment of his life to the present form of what was called the service of the table,” he added.
Bishop Rozario also admonished the newly ordained deacons to "help the faithful to be holy" not only by saying it, but also by living it out, or else “the words will not be effective and operative.”
Deacon Hasdak said, “I am delighted and thankful to God for choosing me and allowing me to serve the people of God and take care of them.”
“Depending on God’s will, I remain in the way of the priesthood. I don’t know how long I will be able to go ahead, but I am determined to remain in this life until the way ends”, said deacon Hasdak.
The deacons asked for continuous prayers from the faithful for them to be able to fulfill their duties. - RVA Bengali Service
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