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.


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,

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...


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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