Brother Placid receives the Book of Gospels from the Bishop Soto.
Last month, our Brother Placid Morris, was ordained to the transitional diaconate. Bishop Jaime Soto of Sacramento was present to ordain Brother Placid, and afterwards, he joined the monastic community in the monks' refectory to celebrate the occasion. Brother Placid will spend the next year preparing for ordination to the priesthood by exercising his ministry. As deacon, Brother may proclaim the Gospel during Mass as well as assist the presiding priest in preparing the altar for Eucharist. Occasionally, the deacon is asked to give the homily for the edification of the faithful.
In the refectory, our Abbot asked Bishop Soto if he would update us with events and happenings around the diocese of Sacramento. He was excited to share news especially of his focus on Catholic education and evangelization among youth. The monks of New Clairvaux thank the kind bishop for making the trip to Vina to ordain our Brother Placid. We appreciate his continued support and for keeping us in his prayers.
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