BATTLEFORD, Sask. — A full church gathered at St. Vital Church in Battleford, Sask., on the feast of St. Mark the Evangelist to celebrate the diaconal ordination of seminarian Kendrick Beler.
Beler, a local resident, has been interning at St. Vital Parish under the guidance of parish priest Rev. Greg Elder.
Being ordained a deacon is another step on Beler’s journey toward ordination to the priesthood, which is scheduled for some time in 2018.
Prince Albert Bishop Albert Thévenot, M.Afr., presided at the ordination. A large number of diocesan priests, visiting clergy, and Beler’s family and brother seminarians attended to support and celebrate with the new deacon.
Thévenot in his homily stressed the need for all gathered to continue to support Beler on his journey to the priesthood. “He will be asked to pray every day. He also will be asked to serve every day. To assist at the altar in the church, to serve at the altar of life, to serve at the altar of the world will be what Kendrick will be asked to do. We, as a community, must continue to walk with him on that journey.”
After mass the celebration continued with a reception at the Alex Dillabough Centre.