Congratulations to our newest Deacon!
Congratulations Deacon Thong Phamduy
Ordained Saturday, October 15th
At Holy Cross Cathedral, Boston, Massachusetts
~ a letter from our pastor, Rev. Richard F. Clancy ~
Last weekend at Holy Cross Cathedral in Boston, Cardinal Sean ordained nine men to the permanent diaconate. Among that number was our own Thong Phamduy. It was a beautiful Mass attended by many of our parishioners.
One of the highlights of the Mass occurred following Communion when our Vietnamese choir sang the Communion mediation. It was a very happy and proud moment for our Collaborative and the Vietnamese community.
On Sunday Deacon Thong assisted at a Mass of Thanksgiving with Fr. Khanh, concelebrating priests and deacons, as well as his family and our parishioners. It is such a joyful time for Thong, his wife Dietu and truly for all of us! Adding to the joy of the days was the announcement that Deacon Thong has been assigned to the parishes of our Collaborative by the Cardinal. Thong and Dietu have served the church for many years in a variety of capacities. Now they continue as leaders in our community with a special call and charism. We are so blessed to have them in our midst.
Our Collaborative has been blessed with the presence and ministry of Deacon Penney and Deacon Dave for several years so our parishioners understand the gift that a deacon is to a community. We are grateful for their continued service and presence. We are also grateful to their wives and families who share in their ministry and their sacrifices. Jason Lampron, another member of our Collaborative, is in his final year of preparation for the diaconate, and God willing next year at this time we will be celebrating again. Your prayers for vocations are bringing about results!
A deacon is truly a gift to a community. Deacons are not ordained for a specific parish or collaborative, but for the diocese and indeed for the Universal Church. In and through their humble service they image Christ who came not to be served but to serve. We are blessed by their presence with us. Let us show our gratitude by remembering them in our prayers and supporting them in their ministry!