October 26, 2006

Here He Is!


Dunstan is a French blogger who was admitted to candidacy for the priesthood last Saturday. A candidate is a man who is formally beginning theological studies under the sponsorship of a bishop who intends to have him prepare for priestly ordination.

The photograph shows Dunstan with three other candidates, Frédéric, Jacques and François-Xavier.

Dunstan's particular diocese is Evry-Corbeil-Essonne, where the bishop is Most Rev. Michel Marie Jacques Dubost, C.I.M.

The candidacy ceremony took place in the chapel of the Saint Sulpice d'Issy-les-Moulineaux seminary. Most Rev. Christian Philippe Pierre Robert Nourrichard, the bishop of Evreux, presided.

Dunstan speaks English. You can wish him well at his blog.
Click HERE for it.

3 Comments:

Blogger Christine said...

Father Stephanos,

I have noticed that some men studying for the priesthood are referred to as transitional deacons and others are not.

Can you please clarify when a man studying for the priesthood is considered a transitional deacon?

Thank you,
Christine

9:51 AM  
Blogger Deo Gratias said...

Thank you father, I am touched by your article! Keep me in your prayers! Friendships Dunstan

10:07 AM  
Blogger Father Stephanos, O.S.B. said...

TRANSITIONAL DEACON
versus
PERMANENT DEACON
---------------------

Christine,
a man who is preparing for eventual priestly ordination receives deaconal ordination about a year before priestly ordination. In that case, being a deacon is a transitional stage towards becoming a priest.

Other men may receive deaconal ordination without the intention of becoming a priest. Such deacons are called "permanent deacons." However, it can happen that later his bishop may decide to ordain him to the priesthood. That has happened in my diocese. A man who was a "permanent" deacon eventually suffered the death of his wife. He and his bishop later discerned that he should be ordained a priest.

10:21 AM  

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