VATICAN CITY (Zenit.org): When one puts Christ at the center of his life, he thinks and speaks of nothing other than him and his Kingdom, the apostolic nuncio to Italy told 34 candidates to the diaconate of the Legionaries of Christ. Archbishop Giuseppe Bertello said this Sunday before ordaining the deacons in a liturgy held at the Center of Higher Studies of the Legionaries of Christ in Rome.
The diaconate is the first of three ranks in the ordained ministry, and the last step for seminarians before being ordained to the priesthood. "Jesus must be the center of our thoughts, the argument of our speech, and the model of our life," said Archbishop Bertello.
Six more will be ordained in Medellin, Colombia; Milan, Italy and Dublin, Ireland. In total, 56 Legionaries will be ordained to the diaconate during this period.