This afternoon, in the Basilica of the Piarist of Parish of Maria Treu, Vienna, two of our brothers have been ordained deacons.

The celebration was presided by H.E. Franz Scharl, auxiliary bishop of Vienna, who conferred the Order of Deacon to the piarist brothers Shyne and Jinto, for the service of the people of God. Among the many priests concelebrating the mass, was Fr Miguel Giraldez, Assistant General for Europe, personal representative of the Superior General. Fr Francisco Anaya, Assistant General for America, who directed their spiritual retreat was also present, alongside other piarist Fathers from six different nationalities: Benin, Cameroon, China, India, Poland and Spain.

The celebration was followed by an Agape in the refectory of the school, were all the invitees shared a joyful evening meal at the Austrian style.

The new deacons Shyne Kurian and Jinto Scaria were born in India and joined the Pious Schools in the Vice Province of India where they had the initial stages of their formation. They were later sent to Austria to follow their theological studies; in 2016, they made their final profession in our Order. The diaconate ordination of this day, is an important step on their way to priesthood in the Pious Schools. We wish them God’s blessings and a firm commitment to be for the children and young people a new Calasanz.

Fr Jean de Dieu TAGNE sch.p.