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Candidacy for Holy Orders 2012

Posted on 29. Jan, 2012 in Carousel

During Sunday Mass on 29 January 2012 Bishop Brian Farrell acepted four Irish College seminarians as candidates for Holy Orders. Bishops Farrell was born in Dublin and is Secretary of the Pontifical Council of the Promotion of Unity among Christians.
The semenarians admitted as canditates were Andrew Black, Diocese of Down and Connor, Raymond Donnelly, Diocese of Clogher, Micheal McGavigan, Diocese of Derry and Paul Murphy, Archdiocese of Armagh.                                               
  The Rite of Admission to Candidacy for Diaconate and Priesthood is usually celebrated during Mass and conferred by a Bishop. In the Irish tradition it marks the final stage of preparation for ordination to the diaconate and subsequently as a priest.

This rite is celebrated when a man who aspires to the priesthood has completed the necessary human, spiritual,  academic and pastoral formation to be publicly accepted as a candidate for ordination.   His intention to receive the Sacrament of Orders is expressed publicly and accepted by the bishop.  In accordance with Church Law, a person is not to be ordained unless he has first been enrolled among the candidates through the liturgical rite of admission to candidacyIn the rite, the bishop addressed the candidates saying,

“Aware of the Lord’s concern for his flock and realising the needs of the Church, our brothers consider themselves ready to respond generously to the call of the Lord. Trusting the Lord in whom they put the hope of faithfully pursuing their vocation, they say with the Prophet, ‘Here I am, send me.’”