During Vespers on Sunday February 19, the students of third and fourth theology took one of the final steps before approaching Holy Orders this coming spring. The third year men, preparing for ordination to the deaconate, made both the profession of faith and took the oath of fidelity to the diaconal office to which they will soon be ordained. Meanwhile, the fourth year deacons took the oath of fidelity to the sacerdotal office which will be bestowed upon them at their priestly ordination in a few short months. Prior to the profession of faith and taking of the oaths, the Mount’s rector, Msgr. Steven P. Rohlfs, gave a brief ferverino expounding upon the meaning and importance of an oath. The taking of oaths, Msgr. Rohlfs explained, is the most profound witness that one can make to his belief and dedication to a cause. Consequently, the canonical law of the Church requires that all candidates take such oaths prior to reception of Holy Orders. Numerous family, friends, and seminary faculty were on hand to witness these men on this joyous occasion in preparation for the orders.
On Mary’s Mountain
At the conclusion of the oath of fidelity and profession of faith during Sunday Vespers on February 19, the seminary celebrated with the final Slavinskas Feast. For the past six years, the family of Deacon Jonathan Slavinskas from the Diocese of Worcester, MA has hosted a grand feast for the entire community. Over the past half a decade, the seminarians have grown accustomed to the fine Italian dining provided by the Slavinskas family each spring. The occasion this year did not leave anyone disappointed either in the quality of food or in the generosity of the Slavinskases. With Deacon Jonathan set to be ordained a priest at the conclusion of this academic year, the feast this year was “the last supper” the Slavinskases will host at the Mount. This is an event that the veteran seminarians will surely miss in the coming years, though everyone is grateful to have had the opportunity to experience this great tradition and witness of Christian charity by the Slavinskas family.