His Excellency, Archbishop Edwin F. O’Brien,
presided at the ordination to the Diaconate of Bro. Robert Malagesi,
M.SS.CC. on Saturday, March 24, 2007 at St. Rita’s parish church in
Blue Ridge Summit, PA. As a
Deacon, Bro. Robert will be serving in the parishes of St. Rita’s
and St. Mary’s in nearby Fairfield, which are both staffed by our
Missionaries. St. Rita’s
church was filled to capacity with parishioners, friends and over 30
seminarians from nearby Mt. St. Mary’s Seminary in Emmitsburg, MD.
In addressing Bro. Robert at the completion of the Mass, Archbishop
O’Brien, reminded him and all in attendance that even though, with
God’s grace, priestly ordination for Bro. Robert might follow in one
year, he will always be a Deacon.
The role of the Deacon is one of a servant, and Christ
claimed servant-hood for himself and his followers always.
Bro. Robert feels deeply humbled as he approaches the final
preparation the priesthood and truly blessed by God’s love to have
been called to serve Him as God will direct.
He prays for God’s grace and the gifts and guidance of the
Holy Spirit as he begins his ministry as a Deacon and as he
approaches priestly ordination.
blessed the hands of Bro. Robert Malagesi as he is ordained a
Deacon, symbolizing that a Deacon will ever be a servant of the
After professing perpetual vows, Bro. Robert Malagesi is
presented with the mission cross by Fr. Delegate Malcolm MacLeod,
Earlier in the day, Bro. Robert professed perpetual vows with our
congregation in the Blessed Gaetano Errico Chapel in our House of
Studies in nearby Fairfield PA.
The vows were received on behalf of the congregation by Fr. Malcolm
MacLeod, Delegate of the Superior General.
The profession of perpetual vows of poverty, chastity,
obedience and the additional vow of perseverance, taken by all our
members, follows three years of temporary vows, along with a year of
novitiate and a period of postulancy.
Bro. Robert, a native of
PA, was a paralegal with the
Philadelphia Law Department, when he felt called to the priesthood
while studying for a certificate in religious studies associated
with a program promoting Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration in the
Archdiocese of Philadelphia.
After investigating several religious communities, he felt a
unique sense of peace with the Missionaries of the Sacred Hearts and
entered our community in August of 2002.
He is currently studying to fulfill the requirements for a
Master of Divinity at Mt. St. Mary’s
Seminary in Emmitsburg, MD.
He will attain his degree in May of 2008.