The SSPX's Holy Cross Seminary in Goulburn, Australia is joyfully announcing the ordination of 2 subdeacons to the diaconate which took place on December 18th. Or as Fr. Paul Robinson, seminary professor, e-mailed us: "Yesterday was the biggest day of the year for us here at Holy Cross... Deo gratias!"
Indeed this was the first ordination at Holy Cross Seminary of deacons completely formed there since 2008! The young men to be ordained to the diaconate by Bishop Alfonso de Galarreta were the subdeacons—the Australian cousins Joseph and Marcel Ockerse—that we reported on a few months ago.
The beautiful ceremony of the ordination of deacons took place during a Pontifical Solemn Mass celebrated in the seminary's chapel and attended by representatives of the ordinand's families as well as 22 priests, 19 sisters and many faithful. During the sermon, Bishop de Galarreta spoke about the triple service that a deacon must render: to the altar, to the manifestation of the Faith, and to the Mystical Body of Christ.
Below we offer a gallery of some images from this wonderful event for Holy Cross Seminary. Please keep these young Levites in your prayers that they may persevere to receiving soon the priesthood of Our Lord Jesus Christ. And don't forget the American seminarians studying Down Under!