The Archbishop of Bangalore, His Grace Most Rev Dr Peter Machado ordained twenty-five clerics as deacons during a private ceremony at Kristu Jyoti College Chapel, Bangalore, on March 19, 2020. As the fear of community transmission of the Covid-19 is growing, parents, relatives and Salesians were asked to stay away.
The Salesian India is blessed with 20 deacons, and the Province of Bangalore has 10 deacons ordained this year. The remaining five deacons who completed their theological studies at Kristu Jyoti College, Bangalore belongs to various religious congregations.
In his homily, the Archbishop invited the gathering to focus on the global menace of Covid-19. His prayer, ‘disturb us Lord’, communicated the need to depend totally on God than on human achievements. He exhorted the deacons to enter into a life of total service and works of mercy. In the context of the given crisis, he asked to get involved in the lives of people, even if death is their reward.
The newly ordained deacons, before the ceremony, went through prayer and recollection for two days under the guidance of Fr. Bosco Ponthokken SDB.