Thursday, January 31, 2008

News of Diaconal Ordinations for the Institute of the Good Shepherd in the Church of St. John Lateran, Rome

RORATE CÆLI shares an interesting bit of news from the blog of Abbé Philippe Laguérie, the superior of the Institute of the Good Shepherd.

"The Basilica of the Most Holy Savior in Rome (Saints John the Baptist and John the Evangelist in the Lateran), Mother and head of all the Churches in the City and in the World, will host a Traditional ceremony of Holy Orders (Diaconal Ordination) on February 23. Four seminarians of the Institute of the Good Shepherd (IBP) will be ordained to the Diaconate by Archbishop Luigi de Magistris during the ceremony, authorized by the Archpriest of the Basilica, Cardinal Ruini, Cardinal Vicar of Rome."

In Abbé Laguérie's own words:

"[On] February 23... four of our seminarians will be ordained to the diaconate... Where thus? In Rome please. In which church? Will you believe me? In the cathedral of the Pope, the Mother and the Mistress of all the churches, the worthiest and first of Christendom: St. John Lateran! Thank you to our valorous Fr. Fournié, our representative in the Eternal City; thank you with to Cardinal Ruini, vicar of the Pope, who gave this authorization. Thank you to all the players for this eminently symbolic gesture of the strong benevolence of the Roman Pontiff upon our modest Institute."

Abbé Laguérie also hints at possible further growth for the IGS in France.

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