Editor’s note: Bishop Edgar M. da Cunha, S.D.V. of Fall River, ordained five members of the Congregation of Holy Cross to the Transitional Diaconate. He shared the experience in a recent blog that can be found at fallriverdiocese.org. When the September 3 Anchor went to press, it was incorrectly noted that the bishop attended the men’s profession of final vows the day before at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in Notre Dame, Ind.

The following is the bishop’s post:

On Sunday, August 29, I was honored to ordain five Congregation of Holy Cross seminarians to the Transitional Diaconate. The Congregation of Holy Cross has two important entities located in our Diocese—Stonehill College and the World Headquarters of Holy Cross Family Ministries (Family Rosary), both in North Easton. One of their more well-known priests is Venerable Patrick Peyton, whose grave is located near the entrance to Stonehill. I invite you to learn more about his life and ministry at the adjacent Museum of Family Prayer, which we are blessed to also have in our Diocese. It’s my sense that I was invited to celebrate their diaconal ordinations because of the Congregation’s presence here, and I was delighted to be asked.

Bishop Edgar M. da Cunha, S.D.V. went to Notre Dame University for the August 29 ordination of five men as Transitional Deacons for the Congregation of Holy Cross. (Photo courtesy of Congregation of Holy Cross)

I traveled to Indiana on Saturday, to the campus of Notre Dame University where the Ordination was to take place. The five candidates to the Diaconate had just professed their final vows when I arrived at Notre Dame on Saturday. A wonderful celebratory dinner followed that liturgy. It was fascinating to meet the seminarians, and some of their family members, who hail from across the country and the world. 

Two of the men who were there to receive their formation and to study at Notre Dame are from Bangladesh. They will return to their country to be ordained to the Priesthood in six months. Unlike seminarians in the Fall River Diocese, who return to finish their priestly formation after being ordained transitional deacons, these men have already completed their formation. 

It was fascinating to learn there are 65 Holy Cross priests who work as teachers, administrators, or in campus ministry at Notre Dame. These priests celebrate an impressive 100-plus Masses every week on the campus. Each dormitory has not only a chapel but also a resident priest who offers daily Mass for students. What an excellent demonstration of Catholic identity for the University.  

The transitional diaconate ordination was held at the Moreau Seminary Chapel on the Notre Dame campus, which as you can see from the picture above, is not only quite large but beautiful as well. By tradition, the diaconal ordination takes place in the seminary chapel and the priestly ordination in the University’s Basilica of the Sacred Heart. Please join me in keeping the newly ordained deacons, Rev. Mr. Cameron Cortens, C.S.C., Rev. Mr. Drew Clary, C.S.C., Rev. Mr. Gabe Griggs, C.S.C., Rev. Mr. Tias Gomes, C.S.C., and Rev. Mr. Shohag Gabil, C.S.C., in your prayers.