Five new deacons ordained

On World Mission Day, October 24th, during the Eucharist in the Cathedral of the Heart of Jesus, Archbishop of Vrhbosna cardinal Vinko Puljić, ordained two candidates of the Vrhbosna Archdiocese and three of the Franciscan Province of Bosna Srebrena as deacons.

Concelebrating with cardinal Puljić were the Archbishop Coadjutor of Vrhbosna Msgr. Tomo Vukšić, Provincial of Bosna Srebrena OFM Jozo Marinčić and about 40 priests.

After the candidates were presented for the order of deacons, and the Christian believers expressed gratitude to God for this act, cardinal Vinko continued with homily.

After the sermon, the candidates for ordination expressed their readiness to accept the consecrated celibate, to keep the worship of the hours, and to respect and obey the diocesan bishop and the legitimate religious leader. Cardinal Puljić distributed the sacrament of the Holy Order of Deacons to the candidates by laying hands and consecration prayer. Then the newly ordained deacons, with the help of their parish priests, put on their official liturgical clothes and at the end of the rite received the evangeliary from the cardinal’s hands, and with him exchanged peace, and then proceeded to serve at the altar.

Josip Marković and Josip Papak were ordained deacons of the Vrhbosna Archdiocese. OFM Marko Cvitković, OFM Ivan Stanić and OFM Mijo Ljubos received the Order of Deacons for the Franciscan Province of Bosna Srebrena.

By this ordination they accepted, as entrusted to them by the competent authority, the tasks of deacons: to solemnly administer baptism, to keep and share the Eucharist, to be present at marriage and to bless, to offer Viaticum to the dying, to read the Scriptures to the faithful, to teach and encourage the people, to preside to religious worship and prayer, to administer the sacraments, to preside over the rites of funeral and burial.

The liturgical celebration was animated by the joint choir of the two seminaries under the direction of rev. Marko Stanušić.

The Holy Mass was broadcasted live by Radio Marija BiH. After the Eucharist, a joint photo shoot was held with the archbishops and the provincial.

We wish the new deacons an abundance of God’s blessing and that they persevere in their mission.