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College Community Celebrates the Diaconal Ordination of Fr. John Paul

October 04, 2013

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Father John Paul James, O.S.B. was ordained a deacon on Oct. 2 at the Saint Anselm Abbey ChurchA member of the Saint Anselm monastic community, John Paul (Cory) James, O.S.B., was ordained a deacon by Bishop Joseph Gerry, O.S.B., during Mass on Wednesday, Oct. 2, in the Abbey Church at Saint Anselm College.

As a deacon, Father John Paul is now at the service of the Church and able to assist priests in their various ministries.

In speaking of his ordination, Father John Paul said, "you are immediately made aware of two things: the dedication the Church expects of you and at the same time your total inability to fulfill those expectations without the Lord's help."

Father John Paul was presented for ordination by Abbot Mark Cooper, O.S.B. Bishop Joseph, former abbot and bishop emeritus of Portland, Maine, celebrated the Mass.

During the Rite of Ordination, Bishop Joseph spoke of the duties and responsibilities of a deacon, reminding Father John Paul that a deacon is called to be a minister of service, a minister of charity.

"No deacon can serve Christ worthily without a heart full of charity," said Bishop Joseph in his homily.

Upon promising his obedience and respect to the Bishop, Father John Paul was vested by Abbot Mark with the appropriate stole and dalmatic. Retired Abbot Matthew Leavy, O.S.B., assisted in the vesting.

Father John Paul professed his solemn monastic vows this summer. He is in his final year of theological studies at St. John's Seminary in Brighton, Mass., and hopes to be ordained a priest in June 2014.

Father John Paul James, O.S.B. was ordained a deacon on Oct. 2 at the Saint Anselm Abbey ChurchOriginally from Concord, Father John Paul graduated from Bishop Brady High School in 1998, earned a bachelor of arts in communication from Southern New Hampshire University and joined the monastery as an observer in 2007.

The ordination took place on the Feast of the Guardian Angels, the patrons of the Benedictine's Order. The Order of St. Benedict in New Hampshire was established in 1889 and founded Saint Anselm College.

First Photo: Father John Paul James, O.S.B.

Second Photo: (left to right) Abbot Mark Cooper, O.S.B., Bishop Joseph Gerry, O.S.B., Fr. John Paul James, O.S.B., and retired Abbot Matthew Leavy, O.S.B.