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Diaconate Ordination in the Major Archieparchy of Trivandrum

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Trivandrum: On Friday, May 24, 2024, at 6:30 AM, the Syro-Malankara Catholic Church Major Archieparchy of Trivandrum celebrated the ordination of eight seminarians to the diaconate, known as “M’shamshono” in the Syrian tradition. The ceremony took place at St. Aloysius Minor Seminary, Kesavadasapuram, and was officiated by His Beatitude Baselios Cardinal Cleemis Catholicos.

Newly Ordained Deacons:

  • Bro. Vadakkadathu Joseph
  • Bro. Kottayil Cyril
  • Bro. Palanilkkunnathil Benedict
  • Bro. Manalusseril Sam
  • Bro. Uzhathil Abraham
  • Bro. Poovannathil Jobin
  • Bro. Valuthundil Hanock

Significance of the M’shamshono

The M’shamshono, or deacon, is a pivotal role within the Syro-Malankara Catholic Church. Deacons assist bishops and priests in liturgical services, proclaim the Gospel, and perform various acts of charity. They are essential in bridging the clergy and the laity, ensuring the smooth functioning of church activities and fostering community spirit.

Path to the Diaconate

In the Syro-Malankara Catholic Church, the journey to becoming a deacon typically involves several years of rigorous theological education and spiritual formation. Seminarians undergo comprehensive training at minor and major seminaries, where they study scripture, theology, liturgy, and pastoral care. The process often takes about a decade, beginning with minor orders and culminating in the ordination to the diaconate.

Ceremony Highlights

The ordination ceremony, led by Cardinal Baselios Cleemis, was a deeply spiritual event, marking the dedication of these young men to their calling and service to the Church. The ceremony was graced by the presence of His Excellency Most Rev. Dr. Antony Mar Silvanos and His Excellency Most Rev. Dr. Mathews Mar Polycarpos, adding to the solemnity and significance of the occasion. The Major Archieparchy of Trivandrum extends its heartfelt prayers and congratulations to the newly ordained deacons as they embark on this sacred journey.

The diaconate ordination underscores the Church’s dedication to nurturing vocations and supporting the spiritual growth of its members, ensuring the faith community continues to thrive and flourish.

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