Seminarian ordained as Transitional Deacon

by DioceseofVenice | October 3, 2017 12:21 pm

Staff Report – Florida Catholic

10/3/17

Diocese of Venice Seminarian Shawn Roser took a major step toward his dream of becoming a priest when he was ordained to the transitional diaconate during a Mass Sept. 28 at the Altar of the Chair of St. Peter in the Papal Basilica of St. Peter in the Vatican.

Diocese of Venice Seminarian Shawn Roser receive the Book of Gospels from Bishop James Checchio of the Diocese of Metuchen, N.J., during his ordination as transitional deacon Sept. 28 at the Altar of the Chair of St. Peter in the Papal Basilica of St. Peter in the Vatican.

Celebrated by Bishop James Checchio of the Diocese of Metuchen, N.J., the ordination of 31 men from the Pontifical North American College is one of the final steps toward the priesthood.

Present for the ordination was Roser’s father, Stephen of Ave Maria. His mother, Mary Beth passed away earlier in September after a short illness. Also present in Rome were Bishop Frank J. Dewane, Diocese of Venice Vocations Director Father Eric Scanlan, as well as other friends and supporters.

Bishop Frank J. Dewane is seen with newly ordained Transitional Deacon Shawn Roser and his father Stephen Roser at the Pontifical North American College in Rome.

Roser, a 2002 graduate of St. John Neumann Catholic High School in Naples, said he felt blessed to be ordained and that it took occurred in such a holy place.

A former student of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Roser later joined the U.S. Air Force with the hope of becoming a fighter pilot. He currently has his pilot’s license. Following the call to a vocation to the priesthood, Roser entered seminary with the Diocese of Venice and then graduated from St. John Vianney College Seminary in Miami where he completed his college formation. He was then selected to attend the Pontifical North American College for his advanced priestly studies and formation.

During the ordination, the new deacons promised to live a life of prayer, celibacy and obedience to their Diocesan Bishop. Deacon Roser will have an additional year of theological studies and spiritual formation before being ordained to the priesthood in 2018. As part of the ordination rite, the Bishop placed the Book of Gospels in the hands of each candidate being ordained and said: “Receive the Gospels of Christ, whose herald you have become. Believe what you read, teach what you believe, and practice what you teach.”

In his homily, Bishop Checchio, the former rector of the Pontifical North American College, reminded the men of their call to be both a shepherd and servant, noting how this ordination will change the way the newly ordained will speak, pray and live, and that the world needs to see these changes in them.

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