Bishop Pieronek: We shouldn’t think of the vocation to follow Christ as a risk!

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Polish Diaconate Ordination May 2012
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Bishop Tadeusz Pieronek advised the twelve brothers he ordained to the diaconate on May 26, 2012 not to see their vocation as a ‘risk’.

In his homily in the Basilica of the Holy Trinity in Krakow, the bishop assured the brothers that they had chosen “a particularly wonderful vocation,” and that they were answering “the call of Christ, who told us to go and preach the Gospel to all nations.” He added that, although this vocation is truly beautiful, some persist in describing it as a “risky road”. “Resist the urge to look at the path in front of you and contemplate its risks. God is with you, and He is your strength. He will support every step that you take in service of His will”.

In conclusion, he added, “Be strong in your faith, irreproachable and impeccable in your conduct towards God and man, as befits a servant of Christ and a minister of the sacred mysteries. Do not let anyone rob you of the hope that comes from the Gospel. Now you must not only listen to the Gospel, but also preach it”.

The following brothers were ordained to the diaconate: Tomasz Biłka, Łukasz Detmer, Marek Domaradzki, Artur Karkoszka, Wiktor Komarnicki, Paweł Koniarek, Paweł Pawlikowski, Arnold Pawlina, Erik Ross, Jacek Szymczak, Rafał Wędzicki, and Andrzej Nakonieczny.

The Provincial of the Polish Province of the Dominicans, Fr. Krzysztof Poplawski, wished the brothers well and said, “The grace of ordination is a grace that the merciful God extends to you and all those you meet. This includes your families”. He then thanked the families and loved ones present for their loving support to the brethren and the Order.

 

Bishop Ryś: In the Church, we don’t focus on getting our own way

 
 

Bishop Grzegorz Ryś ordained to the priesthood eight brothers of the Polish Province of the Dominican Order on Saturday, May 12, in Krakow. He encouraged them to combat the temptation to “get their way” and give themselves wholeheartedly to the service of the Church.

“In the Church, we don’t focus on getting our own way, even if we happen to be right. Fr. Józef Tischner [the eminent philosopher] frequently repeated: ‘Perhaps you are right, but what good comes from that?’” These were the words of the auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Krakow to the brothers about to be ordained as priests.

The bishop drew on the experience of Saint Paul to support what he was saying. Paul was “absolutely uncompromising,” the bishop said, “and he stood by his principles firmly. But he came to understand that he would have to tear down great barriers within himself in order to be able to encounter other people.”

“I hope that each of you will be able to find that ability within yourselves,” said the bishop to the brethren, adding that he trusted that they, like Saint Paul, would “rely on the guidance of the Holy Spirit in the Church.”

“In your priestly life, you will encounter many situations that are confusing to you. You may be disappointed, feeling that you can do nothing when you would very much like to help,” said the bishop. Yet he added that “there are many situations, and this is true not only in priestly life, that one begins to understand only a long time later.”

The bishop referred to the part of the Rite of Ordination in which he asked the superior the formal question, “Do you know if they are worthy?” and commented, “How could we measure or weigh your worthiness to be priests? To which generation would we have to penetrate your family history in search of an answer to the question of whether you are suitable for the priesthood? It seems more appropriate to assume that you are not worthy of the priesthood, and that in spite of many flaws, the Lord has chosen you.”

Bishop Ryś ordained the following brothers as priests: Paweł Adamik, Vitalij Sadvari, Krzysztof Lorczyk, Tomasz Pękala, Mateusz Lipnicki, Krzysztof Frąckiewicz, Dominik Jarczewski, and Marcin Karwacki. The Provincial of the Polish Province of the Dominican Order, Fr. Krzysztof Popławski, encouraged the newly-ordained brethren “not to stint in giving yourselves to God and other people, for only when you give of yourselves generously will you experience the mercy of God and your fellow human beings.” The Provincial expressed his joy that “a new generation of brothers are going out to preach.” He added, “In your preaching you will find that many others accompany you: your parents, your friends, and all those who have supported you through the years of your formation.”

The Provincial addressed himself to the parents of the newly-ordained, saying, “I thank you for your support, and I hope that you will continue to help these brothers. The things each of us learned in the home are a storehouse of riches which we bring with us to the community and share with everyone we meet.”

Many guests from abroad were present in the Basilica of the Holy Trinity for the ordination, including the superior of the Dominican Vicariate of Russia and the Ukraine, Fr. Maciej Rusiecki. The prior of the Krakow community, Fr. Paweł Kozacki, welcomed him and all the distinguished guests. Fr. Kozacki observed that, on a day when new priests are to be ordained, like on days when the brethren are to make final vows, “the halls of our priory are filled with a special kind of joy, from the earliest hours of the morning.”

There are approximately 450 members of the Polish Province of the Dominican Order, the majority of them priests. As a rule, the brethren are ordained after they finish a six-year course of studies in the Dominican College of Philosophy and Theology (sometimes called the Dominican House of Studies) in Krakow. In general, they receive diaconal ordination twelve months prior to priestly ordination. They make final vows in the Order a few weeks before being ordained as deacons.

Also present at the ordination were Dominicans from various communities, diocesan and other priests who have been friends of the brethren over the years. The prior of the Krakow community, Fr. Pawel Kozacki, welcomed and thanked the guests.

The new deacons will perform baptisms, distribute Holy Communion, read the Gospel at Mass, lead devotions, bless sacramentals, and conduct funerals. In special cases, they may bless marriages. They will engage in pastoral work. Next year, they are all expected to be ordained to the priesthood.

There are approximately 450 brothers in the Polish Province, most of whom are priests. As a rule, brothers of this province are ordained to the priesthood after completing a six-year course of study in the Dominican House of Studies in Krakow.

By fr. Piotr Ciuba, OP