It was a celebration of great joy! Many friends and members of Salesian family gathered at St. Margaret Mary Church in North Brunswick on 4th December to join the Tanti family for the diaconate ordination of their son, Martin.
Br. Martin Tanti was ordained a deacon by Bishop Tim Costolloe. About thirty Salesian priests including the provincial, Fr. Frank Moloney SDB, conclebrated the ordination Mass. There were a number of Salesian Sisters and many cooperators present at this joyous occassion. [Photos]
In his homily, Bishop Tim Costelloe encouraged Martin to follow the examples of Mary the Mother of God and St. John the Baptist who listened and followed the will of God in their lives.
Martin, in turn, after the communion, thanked all people who came along to support him not just on that special day but also in the last many years. He thanked particularly to the Bishop, Fr. Frank Moloney, and Fr. John Murphy, the rector of Brunswick community. He also thanked Fr. John Prest, the rector of his community, and all the members at Lysterfield. Last of all, his gratefulness went to his proud mother and father, and the members of his family who have supported him all along.
Martin asked everyone to continue to support him in prayer.
Refreshments were provided in the parish hall after the Mass to continue the celebration.
It was truly a celebration of great joy and everyone is looking forward to Martin’s priestly ordination sometime in 2010.
More photos of the Ordination on Picasa Web Album