The Franciscan Missionaries of the Eternal Word thank and praise God for their new Deacon, Rev. Br. Matthew Mary.
Surrounded by his MFVA Community, family, and friends the new Deacon willingly and joyfully entered into Holy Orders. Bishop Robert J. Baker ordained brother at the EWTN morning televised Mass on June 9, 2017. Through the laying on hands by him the, Brother received a special character on his soul, configuring him to Christ the servant, “who came not be served but to serve and give His life as a ransom for many” (Matthew 20:38).
As a deacon he assists bishops and priests at the altar, reads the Gospel, preaches, baptizes, celebrates wedding ceremonies, and does committal services for the dead. In addition to assisting with ministry at EWTN, he will spend his summer weekends serving as a deacon at St. Theresa’s Parish in Leeds, Alabama.
Following his summer assignment he returns to Mount St. Mary’s Seminary for the final year of priestly formation. God willing he will be ordained a priest next year. The Friars look forward to his diaconate service and future priesthood ministry. Pray for him as he serves as a transitional deacon and prepares for ordination to the priesthood.