ORDER OF DEACONS — Diocesan seminarian Colin Roy was ordained by Bishop Don Bolen to the order of deacons on the Feast of the Visitation May 31 at St. Augustine Parish in Humboldt, Sask. (Yaworski photo)
Roy ordained to order of deacons in Humboldt
By Kiply Lukan Yaworski
HUMBOLDT, Sask. — Diocesan seminarian Colin Roy was ordained to
the order of deacons on the Feast of the Visitation May 31 in a joyful
celebration at St. Augustine Parish in Humboldt, where he served his
internship year in 2010-11.
Parishioners, priests, fellow seminarians, family and friends filled
the church to witness Roy making a commitment to celibacy and a promise
of obedience to the bishop, in another step on the journey to the priesthood.
St. Augustine pastor Rev. Emile April presented Roy to Bishop Donald
Bolen. April spoke in favour of ordaining Roy as deacon, recalling his
year of service as intern, when he was involved in many parish activities,
events and liturgies.
St. Augustine parishioners Celeste Leray-Leicht and David Millette also
provided testimony about Roy.
A teacher at St. Dominic School in Humboldt, Leray-Leicht
spoke in particular about Roy’s impact on youth.
“His energy and genuine enthusiasm were clearly visible,” said
Leray-Leicht, recalling Roy’s involvement at local schools during
his internship year. In sharing his faith journey, Roy encouraged students
to ask questions, “and spoke with an open heart.”
Millette, a teacher at Humboldt Collegiate Institute, described
getting to know Roy at the University of Saskatchewan, where they graduated
from the College of Education together in 2007, and also during the internship
year at St. Augustine in Humboldt. “Colin’s reverence for
Our Lord and respect for others is extremely evident,” said Millette,
noting Roy’s openness to suggestions and his positive style of
In his homily, Bolen explored the Scripture themes as they
resonated with the call of service to be lived out in the diaconate.
The prophet Jeremiah receives a word from God that he is compelled to
speak, Mary carries the Word made flesh to Elizabeth, and St. Paul reflects
on how we carry Christ’s death and resurrection within us, even in the
midst of our limitations as “clay jars” — these combine
with a fourth narrative inherent in the ordination liturgy: how individuals
and the community continue to be called by God, said Bolen.
Bolen quoted Roy’s written reflection on the Gospel of the day: “ ‘Mary
not only ponders the Word of God, but she literally brings Christ to
those she encounters.’ Colin writes, ‘For me this expresses
quite profoundly what the deacon is called and ordained to do by God’s
grace, to serve at the table of the word and the eucharist. It is to
ponder and reflect on God’s Word and to literally bring Christ
to others.’ ”
The living God continues to call the community to faithfulness,
that community continues to call individuals to various responsibilities
and aspects of this mission,” said Bolen.
During the celebration, Roy made promises of celibacy and obedience.
The community prayed for him as he lay prostrate on the floor before
the altar during the litany of the saints. Ordination as deacon was conferred
through the laying on of hands and the prayer of ordination by the bishop.
Assisted by fellow deacons Gregory Roth and Cristino Bouvette,
Roy then put on the vestments of a deacon, before receiving the Gospel
from the bishop. “Receive the Gospel of Christ, whose herald you have become.
Believe what you read, teach what you believe, and practice what you
teach,” said Bolen.
At the conclusion of the eucharistic celebration, Roy thanked
his family and all those who have supported him in his faith and in his
discernment. This summer Roy will serve at St. Joseph’s Parish,
Kindersley, before returning to the seminary for a final year.
Two other deacons in the Diocese of Saskatoon — Gregory Roth and Hoang Nguyen — will be ordained to the priesthood June 22 at the Cathedral of the Holy Family in Saskatoon.