On Saturday, October 8, 2022, Msgr Szymon Stułkowski – auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Poznań, ordained deacons four students of the Redemptorist Major Seminary in Tuchów, Poland.
The day began with a solemn Morning Prayer in the seminary chapel presided over by Fr. Maciej Sadowski, CSsR – rector of the Major Seminary in Tuchów. Candidates for ordination made a profession of faith and received books of the Liturgy of the Hours.
Then, in beautiful weather, at 11.00 a.m., at the field altar in the courtyard of the Basilica of Our Lady of Tuchów, the Eucharist began, during which our brothers Robert Borzyszkowski, Piotr Czechowicz, Dominik Król and Almar Suchan received the grace of ordination.
In his homily, the bishop outlined the joys and hardships of the path chosen by the future deacons. He encouraged them always to seek and to reach out to the poor, and to become all the more spiritual fathers to thele they will serve. Bishop Stułkowski also pointed out that they begin their career in the Church, but this career leads downward – to more and more service.
“Find that space by yourself to experience the reality of what the first seven deacons were called to do,” encouraged the bishop candidates to be ordained.
After the homily, the rite of ordination followed. First, the candidates declared their willingness to receive the ordination. They took the appropriate pledges, kneeling before the Bishop and placing their hands in his. Then all gathered faithful prayed for the future deacons singing “All Saints litany”, while the candidates prostrated. After the litany, the Bishop said the prayer of ordination and laid hands on our four confreres in turn. At the end of the rite, the Bishop handed over to the new deacons the book of the Gospel, and shared with them the sign of peace.
At the end of the Eucharist, Fr. Janusz Sok, CSsR, the Superior of the Province of Warsaw Province, thanked Msgr Stułkowski for coming to Tuchów and conferring the ordination. He also thanked for the warm reception of the Redemptorists in the archdiocese, where they began their ministry at the Divine Providence parish in Poznań on August 1, this year.
The newly ordained deacons also thanked God for the gift of their vocation. They said thank you to Msgr Stułkowski for ordaining them and for his homily. The words of gratitude received the formators and professors of the Major Seminary too. Finally, the new deacons thanked all the gathered for their participation and prayers.
The celebrations ended with lunch in the pilgrim’s refectory at the Shrine.
Sharing with you the joy of newly ordained confreres, we ask you to keep them in your prayers.
Br. Jakub Stanisz, CSsR, Redemptorist Major Seminary in Tuchów