Permanent Diaconate Yr 4 – December Update

Brothers and sisters in Christ,

Greetings from Cold Lake! Last month I was on reading week, and this month I snuck home for a couple of days in between exams. I just finished attending Mass here at Assumption, and its so good to be home! I hope everyone has a most blessed Advent and Merry Christmas! No matter how crazy the world gets, each year we have the opportunity to stop for a moment and prepare ourselves to celebrate the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ, not only his birth 2000 years ago, but also his Second Coming!

During my reading week I was able to attend the local Ministerial association meeting, as well as a Camp St. Louis committee meeting. We are working on our Annual Perogy Fundraiser, as well as planning for a 30th Anniversary celebration in July. I snuck away with Arun, one of our seminarians, and we attended the wedding of one of our Camp St. Louis alumni. It was a great opportunity to meet up with many other current and past Camp St. Louis folks, as well as to see how much of an influence the camp has on these young people. For school, I can see the light at the end of the tunnel! I have finished my second Church History course for the diaconate, and now I’m on Christmas break from diaconal formation. I have completed one of my four graduate courses (Christology), and now I am finishing up a 10 page paper on the Gospel of John, preparing for an oral exam in Spiritual Theology, and studying for a written exam in Canon Law!

I finish school on the 20th, then spend the 21st in St. Paul. When I get home that evening, I’m officially on Christmas break! I am looking forward to 2 weeks of nothing but family, friends, and the occasional nap!

Next month I start back at graduate school on the 3rd. I’m taking the Theology of Revelation (online) and Marriage Law for the Eastern Church. We have Eastern Rite catholics in the St. Paul Diocese (as an example, our Ukranian Catholic brothers and sisters) and so it will be good to know about the law as it pertains to their marriages! While there have been many efforts to “synchronize” the laws between the East and the West, there are still differences. On January 8 we start up with our first diaconate course of the new year. We do two Canon Law law courses back to back. Other than that, I’m mostly excited to be back to my “normal” routine, including being back to semi-regular office hours.

As I wrap up my 4 months away, I wanted to extend a most heartfelt thank you to all those who have helped Anna and Aspen. Your care has made a big impact on us, and I wouldn’t have been able to do it without you.

Please continue to pray for me, just as I always pray for you!

God bless you and keep you safe!
RY

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