Four deacons ordained at Mount Angel Abbey

Deacon Joseph Alejandro de la Cruz listens intently as the Archbishop instructs him: “Receive the Gospel of Christ, whose herald you have become. Believe what you read, teach what you believe, and practice what you teach.”

Deacon Joseph Alejandro de la Cruz listens intently as the Archbishop instructs him: “Receive the Gospel of Christ, whose herald you have become. Believe what you read, teach what you believe, and practice what you teach.”

An icon depicting the ordination of the first deacons of the ancient church greeted the Mount Angel community as it gathered in the Abbey Church for the ordination of four deacons on October 30. Archbishop Alexander K. Sample from the Archdiocese of Portland was celebrant.

Ordained were Brother Teresio Caldwell, OSB, Joseph Alejandro de la Cruz, of the Diocese of Santa Rosa, Brother Andrew Schwenke, OSB, and Brother Leonel Varela, of the Western Province of the Discalced Carmelites.

Archbishop Sample offered a homily on the Gospel text, “Unless a seed fall to the ground and dies, it will bear no fruit.” He reminded the ordinands that they would literally fall to the floor of the church, signifying that they were to “lay down their lives for those whom Christ loves, the Church.”

Brother Teresio, who is both a monk at Mount Angel Abbey and a seminarian, will spend the weekends of his senior year serving as deacon with St. Mary’s Church in Mount Angel. Brother Andrew looks forward to serving weekend Masses at St. Paul’s in Silverton and Deacon Joseph will serve with St. Alexander in Cornelius, where he, like the other deacons, may be asked to assist with baptisms, marriages and funerals. Brother Leonel resides at the Carmelite House of Studies in Mount Angel and will serve with St. Juan Diego in Portland.

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