Yasinski ordained to transitional diaconate
By Kiply Lukan Yaworski
SASKATOON — Bishop Donald Bolen ordained diocesan seminarian Daniel Yasinski of Saskatoon to the order of deacons June 1 at St. Anne Parish in Saskatoon — another step on Yasinski’s journey to ordination as a priest.
“I feel totally secure about his readiness for this ministry,” said
DeMong, citing Yasinski’s faithfulness and maturity. “He
relates easily to everyone, rich and poor, young and old, prisoners and
the sick — (seeing that) all are precious gifted daughters and
sons of the living God.” In addition to many parish activities
and duties shared with DeMong, Yaskinski’s internship year included
dealing with tragic events and grieving individuals, he noted.
“Tonight is a celebration of great joy,” said the bishop. “The
world might not see it this way. Someone with great talent and ability — and
many possibilities in front of them — chooses to make a lifelong
commitment to serve; to be a servant of others, especially those in greatest
need; promises to live by a chaste and celibate lifestyle, and to live
In the Gospel of John, Jesus links complete joy with loving
one another to the point of giving up one’s life. “This is the joy which
comes from having a reason to live, of having discovered and being given
a word to proclaim,” said Bolen. It is joy based on a hope large
enough to give meaning to the whole world, including “those who
are lost, and those who are suffering, those who are trapped in poverty,
and those who suffer from illness and grief,” he said.
St. Paul describes a life of discipleship as living in
Christ, added the bishop. “Jesus in his dying undoes the power of death, he overcomes
all of the things that have led him — and us — to the grave.
Paul’s logic is ‘paschal logic’ — the logic of
death and resurrection — which is big enough to hold the despair
around us, and even in the midst of tragedies, gives us a foundation
This way of living is brought to the forefront in the diaconate,
with its emphasis on engaging the world and providing service in the
face of suffering and darkness, said Bolen. “We can know that God will
raise us and the world out of the ashes, again and again and again,” he
said. “This gives us the freedom to give ourselves wholly, without
During the ordination rite that followed the homily, Yasinski made promises
of celibacy and obedience. The community prayed for Yasinski 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.
Fellow deacons Colin Roy, who was ordained the night before
in Humboldt (see related article), and Gregory Roth came forward to present
the vestments of a deacon to Yasinski. The bishop then presented Yasinski
with the book of the Gospels.
At the conclusion of the celebration of the eucharist, the newly ordained
deacon expressed his thanks to God, to the community, and to all those
who have supported him in his faith journey, especially his parents and
his brothers and sisters.
This summer, Yasinski will again be serving at St. Anne’s
Parish in Saskatoon before returning to the seminary for his final year.