On Saturday, April 26, 2014, the Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge ordained Rob Schmid, Jr., and Ian Van Heusen to the Transitional Diaconate in a Rite of Ordination of a Deacon. The Rite was celebrated at Sacred Heart Cathedral in Raleigh. The two men are completing Third Year Theology at Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary in Philadelphia and are scheduled for ordination to the Priesthood in 2015.
Deacon Schmid grew up in Virginia and attended Christendom College in Front Royal, VA. Deacon Van Heusen began college in New York before transferring to Fayetteville State University. His home parish is Saint Michael Maronite Parish in Fayetteville.
In his homily at the Ordination Mass, Bishop Burbidge told the men, “You are ordained at an exciting time in the life of the universal Church, as tomorrow two of our beloved Popes, John XXIII and John Paul II, will be canonized saints.... The canonizations serve to powerfully remind us of the call we have all received: to become saints and to help others to do the same! John Paul II would often say that is how the world will be transformed. Thus, Ian and Rob, be assured that, above all else, that is what the Church ultimately expects of you—to become saints.”
Following the homily, the Candidates knelt before the Bishop, placing their hands between those of the Bishop, and promised obedience to the Bishop and his successors. That was followed by the Candidates prostrating themselves as the Litany of Saints was sung.
The Rite continued with the Laying on of Hands and the Prayer of Ordination. Now ordained Deacons, Deacon Schmid and Deacon Van Heusen were invested with the stole and dalmatic, the vestments which signify a ministerial role in the Celebration of the Eucharist. The Deacons then knelt before the Bishop to receive the Book of Gospels.
A reception for all in attendance followed the Mass.