I learned this afternoon that one of my fellow Aspirants passed away Saturday. During Morning Prayer at the start of our second Aspirant Saturday yesterday we included him in our intentions, as we were aware he was undergoing a medical procedure that day. Today, leaders of our Formation team passed along the news of his passing.
"Welcome to the Diaconate Family," is the way my acceptance letter from the Archdiocese of Detroit back in July started. It continued, "Even as you begin a very intense year of discerning whether or not you have been called to be come a deacon, the diaconate community considers you to be our brother and sister in the diaconate family." Indeed it is a family, and this weekend our family suffered a loss.
Eternal rest grant unto him Lord, and may perpetual light shine upon him. May his soul, and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.