St, Carthage’s Cathedral Lismore was the venue for the recent ordination to the Priesthood and Diaconate. The ordination took place on 7th June on the feast of the Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus. A near capacity congregation witnessed both ceremonies by Ordaining Bishop the Most Reverend Geoffrey Jarrett, D.D. Bishop of Lismore.
Reverend Deacon Frederick Basco was ordained Priest and Mr Bing Monteagudo was ordained Deacon. Both studied at the Vianney College Seminary in the diocese of Wagga Wagga.
Fellow students from the seminary assisted at the ceremony. Both Ordinands are originally from the Philippines.
Ordained priest Frederick Basco engaged in six years of study in the Philippines and another three years in the Seminary at Wagga. Interviewed prior to his ordination Frederick Basco said: “I’m happy that this will be my life and I’ll be a lowly servant of the Lord.”
Ordained deacon Bing Monteagudo and his family migrated to Casino from the Philippines in 1997. He described his vocation as “a great gift and a blessing.”
Many family and friends at the Ordination had made a special trip from the Philippines for the occasion.
In his homily, Bishop Geoffrey Jarrett emphasised the sacredness of the occasion: “To witness an ordination is always a joyful moment, as young men come forward to consecrate themselves to lifelong service, and the Church opens the treasury of grace which is hers from the Lord to bestow the authority and power required to fulfil that service. It is now what the Sacrament makes you become, which is the source of all you will be called to do, that is the cause of our rejoicing: as Pope Francis put it, the unction is prior to the function: the being precedes the doing.”
Bishop Jarrett continued: “Taking place by happy coincidence on the Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart, this ordination is graced, from our hearing of the sacred readings, with a particular presence of the Good Shepherd. We will behold Him leading his flock by way of the Cross, as the Preface of the Mass describes, giving Himself up for us with a wonderful love, pouring out blood and water from His pierced side, the wellspring of the Church’s sacraments, inviting us, from that source, to draw water from the springs of salvation.”
He encouraged both Ordinands by recalling the Good Shepherd: “Keeping close company with Christ the Good Shepherd will keep fresh and alive within you the pastoral charity which must be at the heart of all ministry: the service of others, not ourselves. Our unmarried state is both a sign and an inspiration to pastoral charity. The Rite of Ordination reminds you that it is a source of spiritual fruitfulness in the world. “Compelled by the sincere love of Christ our Lord and embracing this state with total dedication, you will cling to Christ with an undivided heart.”
Bishop Jarrett concluded: “Our Good Shepherd, the one whose heart is pierced, draws us to the green pastures of eternal life, to the table of God’s children in our family home – there with Our Lady and Mother, the Virgin Mary, there with the saints, our brothers and sisters. And let us all, God’s people, give grateful thanks in this Mass for the response to His call of this new deacon and priest. Let us pray for them, that they will model themselves on the pattern of the Heart of the Saviour, and have the happiness of a long and fruitful ministry in the service of His Church and people.”
Father Frederick Basco has been appointed to assist in the Parish of Coffs Harbour.
Deacon Bing Monteagudo will return to Vianney College Seminary to continue his studies.