Permanent Diaconate Yr 3 – September Update

Brothers and sisters in Christ,

Brrrr! The weather the last few days has reminded me that fall is here. The kids are back in school, life has returned to a semblance of normalcy for most families, and hockey is already ongoing!

To celebrate the end of summer holidays as well as make up for being apart for 6 weeks, Aspen and I took our very first daddy-daughter vacation. We took 4 days and headed out to Jasper on the train, went hiking and horseback riding, and generally had an amazing time. It was by far one of the best vacations I have had, and it was amazing to spend the time with my daughter. I didn’t think it would be possible for me to love my little girl any more, but after our trip, my heart doubled in size. I’m so blessed to have an amazing child (and an amazing wife who is always there to pick up the slack when I am busy with my ministry)!

Over the last month I had the sad honour of assisting at the funeral of Father Dario. However, I was also blessed to follow that Mass shortly after with assisting at the Mass of thanksgiving for the canonization of Mother Teresa. I have started my Masters degree full time, so I spent Sunday evening through Wednesday afternoon in Edmonton. Newman Theological College is an amazing place to be, and I am loving the opportunity to learn about our faith. On Thursday’s I’m still continuing to work at the diocese, and then Friday-Sunday afternoon is family time and any homework that I have. Luckily this busy schedule will only last until December, at which point I drop down to only 1 or 2 classes for my Masters. I completed my 16th course for the permanent diaconate, so I’m currently on a 2 week break, which is very nice. Anna has signed up to take one of my courses this month, so start my next diaconate course we will be studying together. What a dedicated wife! Tonight I had the great opportunity to go to my first Episcopal Ordination at the Basilica here in Edmonton. A beautiful ceremony.

We have a diaconate formation weekend coming up in 2 weeks. We will be traveling to Edmonton to do some hands on training in social justice. I start my next course in 2 weeks for my diaconate formation, and we have our deanery closing Mass for the Jubilee of Mercy. I also have meetings on Social Justice and the Refugee effort. So, it’s going to be a busy month! For those who have been journeying with me and reading my monthly updates, you can see that I have entered into a time of particular theological/academic formation. The path to Holy Orders is as varied as those who approach the sacrament!

I wanted to take a moment to thank all of the parishioners who are supporting me during my formation. Your prayers and words of encouragement are so very important to me. All those who go the extra mile, you know who you are and I am truly grateful.

God bless you and keep you safe.
RY

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