June ninth marked an important event in our Diocese: the Ordination of Ricardo Negrete to the transitional diaconate. Deacon Ricardo has been serving a pastoral year at the Cathedral parish, so we have had the opportunity to see and interact with him regularly, along with praying for him daily in our prayers for our priests and seminarians. It is by our prayers first and foremost that we as women religious support our clergy, but occasions such as this ordination give the Sisters the opportunity to express their love and support in more visible ways.
Sister Seamstress re-lining the dalmatic with red silk
Mrs. Z and the Sisters
When during the Ordination Deacon Ricardo was invested with the dalmatic of a deacon, he was clothed in an antique gold dalmatic (probably over a hundred years old), made of brocade woven with metal and lined with silk. As his ordination approached, the deacon candidate entrusted this treasure to Sister Seamstress, asking that she repair the ravages of age so that it could again could be used at the service of the altar. This type of service is not one of the primary apostolates of the community, nor do our resources allow it to be a very large part of our life, but it is a direct expression of our charism to communicate the beauty of the faith and a tangible expression of the hours of prayer offered on behalf of our clergy. Sister Seamstress was able to repair much of the delicate fabric, and with a new lining of red silk, the dalmatic is once again at the Lord's service.
The choir, under the direction of Mrs. Z., was privileged to chant the Mass propers for the Ordination Mass in melismatic and simple chant . The choir also had the opportunity to sing some beautiful 4-part polyphony pieces, including Victoria's Ave Maria and an eastern-rite sounding Come Bless the Lord. What a blessing it is to serve the Lord in serving His ministers and His people!