Two Glenmarians Ordained to Transitional Diaconate

Posted: 7/12/2011

Liturgical Dance Adds to Ordination Celebration

Glenmary seminarians Crispine (Cris) Adongo and Aaron Wessman will remember their June 25, 2011, ordination to the transitional diaconate for many reasons. But perhaps chief among those reasons is the five-hour outdoor liturgy celebrated at a soccer field in Ulanda, Kenya, attended by over 4,000 people.

Aaron and his mother and brother traveled with Father Vic Subb, director of Glenmary's formation program, and Brother David Henley, director of the vocation office, to Cris' hometown in Kenya for the ordination and celebration. This was the first time members of Cris' family, including his parents, could participate in a formation milestone since Cris moved to the United States six years ago to begin his studies with Glenmary.

The Mass was celebrated by Bishop Philip Anyola of the Diocese of Homa Bay, which is located in southwestern Kenya. The host parish for the Mass was St. Martin de Porres in Ulanda, Cris' home parish. 

As ordained deacons, both men will serve the Church by assisting priests in the ministry of the word, assisting at the altar, presiding over public prayer, administering baptism, blessing marriages, ministering to the dying, conducting funeral rites and performing works of charity.

"It was a fabulous trip," says Brother David. "The liturgy and the celebration were beyond words. And it was especially enjoyable to see Cris celebrating this milestone with his parents and family."

Both Cris and Aaron will return to St. Meinrad Seminary in August for their last year of theology before ordination to the priesthood in the spring of 2012. They will be the first Glenmary priests ordained since 1999.

Cris, Aaron, Brother David before Mass
The entrance procession
Cris and Aaron with their families
Some of the 4000 gathered for Mass
Music provided by a local choir

Cris, Aaron, Brother David before Mass

Cris, Aaron, Brother David before Mass