The weekend of 28-29 May 2001 was marked by great joy at the monastery
as we received on his first visit to Canada and to Christminster our
Bishop Jerome. He had come to ordain our monk Dom Joseph (DelGiorno) to
the diaconate. In an impressive and well-attended Mass on Saturday,
celebrated according to the western rite, Bishop Jerome first tonsured
Father Joseph as a cleric, then ordained him, successively, as a Reader,
Subdeacon, and finally Deacon. The newly ordained Father Joseph chanted
the Gospel at the Mass.
Fr. Joseph chanting Gospel
Abbot James assisted the Bishop in the role of Archdeacon, presenting
the candidate and assisting at the altar. Recently ordained in New York,
Father Deacon Robert Sherwood also assisted at the service.
A professional videotape of the service was made, and after being edited
will be available in a ten-minute and a thirty-minute version on
YouTube. Father Daniel assisted in taking numerous still photos of the
Several local Orthodox and Anglican clergy attended as well as many
friends of the monastery. A sumptuous and festive meal was served in the
monastic refectory to honour our two new deacons, the feast having been
prepared by Lillias Sherwood and her able team of assistants, and served
with the help of, and under the watchful eye of, our Mother Sophia. The
weather cooperated, and many were able to bring their food out to the
patio-garden and enjoy the plants and flowers recently arranged there by
Bishop Jerome remained for the celebration of our Sunday Mass and
preached on the liberty of the Christian. At Lauds on Sunday, he
formally blessed Dom James as Abbot, and bestowed on him the miter and
crosier of the abbot’s office. While Dom James had been abbot for
years, the formal ceremony of the blessing of an abbot had never been
performed until now.
All were genuinely delighted at Bishop Jerome’s company and his
kindliness. We look forward to his visiting us again.
(interesting photos of Vladika in Western Rite Bishop's vestments on the