Diaconal Ordinations (October 29, 2016)
On October 29th, Bishop Echevarría conferred diaconal ordination on 31 faithful of Opus Dei. The ceremony took place in the Roman Basilica of St. Eugene. In his homily, the Prelate said that “Jesus’ words in the Gospel of the Mass are addressed in a special way to sacred ministers: ‘You are my friends, if you do what I command you.’” And he added: “How marvelous is this divine promise, addressed to everyone and addressed to you! With his assistance and with the prayer of so many people, you will be worthy of this friendship, fulfilling the promise of Jesus: ‘I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide.’”
The deacons are from 16 different countries. They will be ordained as priests in Rome, on the upcoming 29th of April.
Romana, No. 63, July-December 2016, pag. 292-293.