On Saturday, 10th March, the community of the International School Saint John of the Cross, part of the Teresianum in Rome, celebrated with great joy, the ordination to the diaconate of four of its members: Fr. Arockiaraja Visanthi (Prov. Tamil Nadu, India); Fr. José Andrianmamonjisoa (Comm. Madagascar); Fr. Ranjit Xess (Prov. South Kerala, India); and Fr. Wilibrodus Roja (Comm. Indonesia).
The ordination took place in the neighbouring Basilica of St. Pancrazio and was presided by our brother, Mons. Zdenko Ivan Krizic OCD, Bishop of the Diocese of Gospic-Senj, in Croacia, who, among other services to the Order, held the office of Vicar General and later, Rector of the permanent community of the Teresianum, before being named Bishop by Pope Francis.
The ceremony was followed by a fraternal dinner, prepared by members of the International College, which included different dishes made according to the traditions of the country of origin of our brother deacons.
Let us pray for them and entreat the Lord that his example will be an invitation to others to follow in his footsteps, surrendering themselves wholeheartedly to the following of Christ in the family of Carmel and in the service of the Church.