This Sunday, November 20, he was ordained permanent deacon the propaltense Carlos Montenegro, with the presence of Archbishop Fray Carlos Azpiroz Costa.
The ceremony was held at the Cristo Rey parish (San Martín 1284), which is in charge of the priest Rubén Vidal. Deacons from the Archdiocese of Bahía Blanca, relatives, friends and faithful from all the communities of Punta Alta were present. Today was also celebrated patron saint festivities of that Catholic institution.
Montenegro is a retired Navy civilian, he has been married to Viviana Velano for more than 30 years and has 8 children. The latter are between 42 and 15 years old. He completed his studies for 4 years and then prepared to receive the diaconal ministry. The chosen phrase is “Lords, make me a servant for love”. At the end of the mass he shared an agape to the basket.
At the Second Vatican Council, the permanent diaconate was reinstated. This type of diaconate can be conferred on married men. The permanent deacon must be considered an “upright” man by the community, charitable, respectful, merciful and helpful. It is the bishop’s determination to demand that he be married, and in this case, the wife must authorize the bishop in writing to accept the husband’s ordination (essential requirement). A married deacon who loses his wife cannot remarry, but he can become a priest. Whoever is ordained a deacon while single commits himself to permanent celibacy.
Only the baptized male (“vir”) validly receives this sacred ordination. The sacrament of Holy Orders confers a spiritual character indelible and it cannot be reiterated or be conferred for a determined time. He can be released from obligations and functions related to ordination and can even be prevented from exercising them, but he does not become a layman again since, since ordination, the deacon is considered to be marked spiritually permanently (hence the term brand either character).
Functions of deacons
- Proclaim the Gospel, preach and assist at the Altar;
- Administer the sacrament of baptism;
- Preside over the celebration of the sacrament of marriage;
- Confer the sacramentals (such as blessing, holy water, among others);
- Carry the viaticum (sacrament of the Eucharist so called when it is administered particularly to the sick who are in danger of death) but cannot administer the sacrament of the anointing of the sick, nor the sacrament of reconciliation.
In addition, and always according to what the hierarchy determines, you can:
- Direct the administration of a parish;
- Being appointed in charge of a diakonia;
- Preside over the Sunday celebration, although not consecrate the Eucharist (which corresponds to priests and bishops).
It can also carry out other services, according to the specific needs of the Diocese, particularly everything related to the performance of works of mercy, and the animation of the communities in which they perform.
Deacon’s own vestments
The deacon’s own liturgical vestments are the stole worn in the diaconal fashion, that is, crossed over the body from the left shoulder and attached on the right side, at waist height, and over this the dalmatic, a closed vestment with wide sleeves, used especially in large celebrations and solemnities.
In the common dress, the deacon can wear a cassock or clerical shirt, and clerical collar if he so desires. His daily dress depends on his state of life and the character of his diaconate.