Bishop Ronald Herzog celebrated the Rite of Admission to Candidacy for the diocese’s permanent deacon class April 9 at St. Francis Xavier Cathedral.
The 10 men who participated in the Rite are Mark Adkins, Bill Adridge, Darrell Dubroc, Bill Endris, Lawrence Feldkamp, Steven Gramigna, Buford Jeansonne, Tommy Robichaux, Paul Sunderhaus, and Luke White.
In this rite, the one who aspires to ordination publicly manifests his will to offer himself to God and the Church to exercise the sacred Order of Deacon, should he be called to that Order in the future.
It is not by chance that Amoris Laetitia, (The Joy of Love), the post-synodal Apostolic Exhortation on “Love in the Family,” was signed on March 19, the Solemnity of Saint Joseph.
It brings together the results of the two Synods on the family convoked by Pope Francis in 2014 and 2015.