The Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge bestowed the Sacrament of Holy Orders on Father Don Edward Maloney at an Ordination Mass celebrated at Sacred Heart Cathedral in Raleigh, June2, 2012. The Ordination took place before a large gathering of family, friends and faithful. Diocesan Vocations Director Father Ned Shlesinger presented Deacon Maloney for service to Bishop Burbidge and the people of the Diocese at the beginning of the tradition-rich Rite of Ordination. The presentation and acceptance were greeted with applause from the Bishop and the people.
Prior to ordination, the Elect is asked to make five promises:
Do you resolve, with the help of the Holy Spirit, to discharge without fail the Office of Priesthood in the presbyteral rank, as a worthy fellow worker with the Order of Bishops in caring for the Lord’s flock?
Do you resolve to exercise the ministry of the word worthily and wisely, preaching the Gospel and teaching the Catholic faith?
Do you resolve to celebrate faithfully and reverently, in accord with the Church’s tradition, the mysteries of Christ, especially the sacrifice of the Eucharist and the Sacrament of Reconciliation, for the glory of God and the sanctification of the Christian people?
Do you resolve to implore with us God’s mercy upon the people entrusted to your care by observing the command to pray without ceasing?
Do you resolve to be united more closely every day to Christ the High Priest, who offered Himself for us to the Father as a pure sacrifice, and with Him to consecrate yourself to God for the salvation of all?
Following the promise of obedience to the Bishop and his successors, the Bishop bestowed the gift of the Holy Spirit with the laying on of hands, followed by the Prayer of Ordination. Father Maloney was then invested with stole and chasuble, the proper vestments for a priest to wear for the celebration of the Eucharist.
In his homily, Bishop Burbidge said, "The joy that is so evident in this Cathedral today is a sign of the joy that priestly ministry is meant to bring to the entire People of God."
He noted that Father Maloney would be ordained “as the Church prepares in a few months to inaugurate the Year of Faith, commemorating the opening of the Second Vatican Council 50 years ago. Our Holy Father hopes and prays that it will provide us with an occasion to proclaim the message of faith with new enthusiasm and new joy.
“During my recent ad limina visit to Rome, we visited the Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelization, which has oversight of the Year of Faith. The Secretary spoke clearly of what is expected of Bishops and priests at this momentous occasion: a renewed commitment to be effective preachers of the Gospel. Thus, Don, I strongly encourage you to keep as one of your highest priorities the prayer, study, time and preparation you give to your homilies.
“With the help of God,” the Bishop concluded, “may you always touch the hearts of His people with the faith and truth that lead to the authentic peace and true happiness they seek.”
Father Maloney celebrated his first Mass on Sunday, June 3, at St. Luke the Evangelist Church in Raleigh.
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