Annual Deacon Convocation Held in Diocese
The annual Diocesan Deacon Convocation was held Saturday, February 26, with approximately 100 Deacons and wives attending. The gathering, which was held at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Raleigh, began with prayer. The Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge spoke to the gathering about the importance of their ordained ministry and their service to the people they serve and to the Diocese.
Bishop Burbidge thanked them for the great reverence they witness on the altar. He explained that, because of the needs of the Diocese, their ministerial assignments can sometimes take them to places other than their home parish. The Bishop discussed several topic issues, such as the Choose Life license plate bill that was introduced in the North Carolina Senate February 21 and the recent immigration study days that were conducted in the Diocese. Bishop Burbidge’s remarks were followed by an informal question and answer session.
The Convocation ended with the celebration of Mass with Bishop Burbidge presiding. Concelebrating were Msgr. David D. Brockman, Vicar General of the Diocese, Fr. James F. Garneau, V.F., Director of the Diocesan Diaconate Program, and Father John Forbes, Pastor of Our Lady of Lourdes.
In his homily, Bishop Burbidge spoke of the importance of not letting today’s fast-paced world interfere with being present for the people. He said, from time to time, he wonders if there is anything he is doing to “give the impression that tasks are more important than the people I am privileged to serve. May I suggest,” he added, “that all of us in ministry ask that same question. Like Jesus,” the Bishop concluded, “embrace in love all those you are privileged to serve each and every day.”
Above: Deacon Ronald Soriano during question and answer session at annual Deacon’s Conference with Bishop Michael F. Burbidge