I had the pleasure last night of attending confirmation at my parish (St. Luke the Evangelist, Westboro, MA) with an extra added treat – watching my husband Rich serve as deacon.
For those of you who may not know, Rich is a Melkite Catholic, part of the Eastern Byzantine tradition. It is rare for Eastern and Roman Catholics to serve together but thanks to Bishop Robert McManus who granted permission, Rich was allowed to serve.
This was a wonderful blending of East and West and a sign of greater unity in our Church. Unity is something near and dear to Bishop McManus who only a few weeks earlier, attended a Lenten Supper fundraiser for Lebanese Orphans at Rich’s church, Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Worcester. Here he shared details of his recent trip with the Greek Orthodox Bishop, Metropolitan Methodias to the Holy Land.
Rich (aka Deacon Elias) has worked with the young people at St. Luke’s for many years, attending the confirmation retreats, even before he was ordained a deacon in 2010. It was particularly moving for Rich to assist the Bishop as he anointed each confirmation candidate.
Here’s a slide show of the liturgy:
I wish to offer my thanks to Bishop McManus and to Monsignor Mike Foley, pastor of St. Luke’s, for allowing Rich to serve. This has been a personal dream of mine for many years as Rich’s vocation came from time spent weekly in adoration in front of the Blessed Sacrament at St. Luke’s.
God is good!