The Scots College marked the third Sunday of Easter with three ordinations to the diaconate on the 30th April. The now traditional date – which coincides with the May Bank Holiday weekend – saw friends and families from Scotland joining visitors from Ireland and Poland for the ordination of Emmet O’Dowd, Rafał Szweda and Emmanuel Alagbaoso by the Bishop of Aberdeen, Hugh Gilbert.
Addressing the new deacons, Bishop Gilbert referred to the address of Pope Francis at the Jubilee of deacons during the Year of Mercy when the Holy Father urged deacons to be “Christlike”. Using this call, Bishop Hugh described the ways in which, as deacons in the church, such a call was possible. He urged those to be ordained that they should “…not be self-serving but evangelically fruitful.”
Following the Mass, the newly ordained deacons, the community of the college and the invited guests enjoyed a buffet in the beautiful Roman spring weather before the family and friends joined with the deacons for a celebratory meal in the evening.
The feast of St. Joseph the Worker, Monday 1st May, was another day of celebration for the deacons. With their families and friends they celebrated a Mass of Thanksgiving. The Aberdonian ordainees, Emmet and Rafał gathered in the Lithuanian Chapel of St. Peter’s Basilica for an early morning Mass, where Fr. Stuart Chalmers, the diocesan Vicar General presided.
Later, Emmanuel along with his party gathered at the Church of St. Anthony of Portugal for a Mass of Thanksgiving.
They will serve as deacon for the next year before their respective ordinations in summer 2018.