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The permanent deacons marked their tenth anniversary on February 6. Archbishop Jason Gordon was the main celebrant at their anniversary Mass last Sunday at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. Gail Moore, wife of Rev Cy Moore of the Maloney Parish, sent this brief reflection.

On Sunday, February 16 without much ado or fanfare, the permanent deacons celebrated their tenth anniversary with Solemn Mass followed by a small gathering and sharing.

The homily delivered by Archbishop Jason Gordon was honest and uplifting. Yes, he dared to mention the less-than-warm welcome received by the deacons ten years ago, but he also spoke glowingly about the positive impact that their presence has had on the Church.

My thoughts immediately returned to the mission given to them ten years ago by Archbishop Edward Gilbert to help restore people’s faith in the Church. Each deacon has brought to the table a unique set of gifts, but they share one common trait—an unwavering desire to serve God, their families and the Church.

I was deeply moved by the tribute paid to the one deacon and four deacons’ wives who passed away over the past ten years. Also, the bidding prayers that were offered for those deacons who could not attend the celebration due to illness or other circumstances. “None shall be left behind” is the motto of Deacon Derek who constantly encourages his brothers to look out for each other.

There was an ease and comfort about the morning’s events that we have come to expect and enjoy. A heartfelt thanks to all those who made the day possible and may Almighty God continue to bless these men, their families and the Church.