Ordination to the Diaconate

From left to right:  Abbot Mark Cooper, Bishop Joseph Gerry, Father John Paul, Abbot Matthew Leavy.

From left to right: Abbot Mark Cooper, Bishop Joseph Gerry, Father John Paul, Abbot Matthew Leavy.

Earlier today, our Bro. John Paul, O.S.B. was ordained a deacon.  Our former abbot, also the bishop emeritus of Portland, Maine, Bishop Joseph Gerry, O.S.B. was the celebrant.  Bro. John Paul was presented for ordination by his abbot Mark Cooper, O.S.B., who then helped him vest with the appropriate stole and dalmatic.  The retired abbot, Matthew Leavy, O.S.B., also assisted with the vesting.  Bro. John Paul, who took solemn monastic vows this summer, is currently in his final year of theological studies at St. John’s Seminary in Boston.  The ordination to the priesthood is scheduled for June of 2014.  Following abbey custom, he will now be known as Father John Paul.

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One Response to Ordination to the Diaconate

  1. lee mayhew says:

    Congratulations to Fr. John Paul. It has been a pleasure to watch him as he has progressed through his monastic growth. He is a wonderful and humble young man who makes an excellent addition to the Abbey!

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