A Myanmar bishop of Yangon archdiocese ordained five deacons amid political unrest on September 25.
The event was not telecasted online to avoid possible objections from the military rule in Myanmar. The event participation was restricted due to the pandemic. However, a few family members attended the event.
Auxiliary Bishop Noel Saw Naw Aye of Yangon Archdiocese ordained the five deacons in St. Mary’s Cathedral, Myanmar.
The faithful who could not attend the diaconate service prayed for the candidates. Prayers were offered to alleviate the sadness and suffering of the civilians in times of natural and man-made disasters.
The following candidates were ordained deacons: James Peter Mg Sein, Sandana Raj San Myint, Jaochim Ngwe Win, Augustine and Francis. Augustine and Francis belong to the congregation of Franciscan Missionaries. While Deacon Sein, Deacon Myint, and Deacon Win belong to the archdiocese of Yangon.
In his homily, Auxiliary Bishop John Saw Yaw Han of Yangon Archdiocese said that “Bishops, Priests, religious are called, not that they are perfect, in the midst of their weaknesses.”
“Following the call of God means an imitation of Christ in our life. Ongoing formation is always necessary. If this life is chosen with misconception, one’s own life and his surroundings will be in trouble,” the bishop told the candidates.
The prelate called on the newly ordained deacons to “help the faithful to be holy.”
“The words and works should go together; otherwise, the words will not be effective and operative,” the bishop said, citing the example of Jesus who ate with sinners and invited them to holiness.
“After the ordination, there will be fewer people who will admonish the ordained persons than before the ordination. Only the family members and relatives are those who are to keep on guiding and helping those ordained,” the bishop said.
James Peter Mg Sein, a newly ordained deacon, expressed gratitude to the bishop for ordaining them during difficult times. The deacons asked for continuous prayers for the faithful to carry forward their calling.
The new deacons will be ordained priests on March 19, 2022.
– Hubert Saw, RVA News