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Bishop to Deacons: "Look to Mary"

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Permanent Deacons and their wives came from throughout the Diocese to gather at Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Raleigh for the annual Deacon Convocation on November 21st. The day began with Morning Prayer, followed by a conversation with the Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge, Bishop of Raleigh.

The Bishop reported on the recent meeting of the U.S. Bishops in Baltimore, including their approval of the new translation of the Roman Missal and the need for catechesis to begin immediately in anticipation of the new Missal’s implementation. He also thanked the Deacons for their ongoing formation efforts, both spiritual and liturgical. The Deacons spoke to the Bishop of the pastoral needs they encounter in their ministry, noting the special needs of the elderly and the mentally ill.

Following his meeting with the Deacons, the Bishop celebrated Mass for the Feast of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary. In his homily, he pointed to the need for all the faithful to present and rededicate themselves to do the will of God. When we encounter obstacles, the Bishop said, we should look to Mary as an example of how to overcome them. Reminding the Deacons of her title, Our Lady of Perpetual Help, he encouraged them to pray for her intercession whenever they felt overwhelmed.

Mass was followed by a luncheon at the Fallon Center. "It was a wonderful opportunity for the Bishop to meet with his Deacons,” said Fr. James F. Garneau, Director of the Diocesan Office of Deacons. “For him to speak to them of his vision for the Diocese, and for the Deacons and their wives to share their experiences of Diaconal ministry in the Diocese with him."