Linwood, New Jersey   Spring 2007

Bro. Robert Malagesi, M .SS.CC.
ordained to the Diaconate

   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.

Archbishop O’Brien blessed the hands of Bro. Robert Malagesi

Archbishop O’Brien blessed the hands of Bro. Robert Malagesi as he is ordained a Deacon, symbolizing that a Deacon will ever be a servant of the faithful.



Bro. Robert Malagesi is presented with the mission cross

After professing perpetual vows, Bro. Robert Malagesi is presented with the mission cross by Fr. Delegate Malcolm MacLeod, M.SS.CC.

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 Philadelphia, 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.

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