New deacons – photo of the Church of Milan
- Sunday 26th September 2021
Twenty-two students of the seminary were ordained deacons on Saturday in the ceremony in the Milan Cathedral presided over by the archbishop, Monsignor Mario Delpini.
Among them also five Brianza. They are Jacopo Aprico, originally from the parish of Santi Pietro e Paolo di Muggiò, Davide Ciarla, from Biassono, from the parish of San Martino, Marco Guffanti, from the church of San Giorgio in Limbiate, Angelo Radaelli from the parish of Santi Nazaro e Celso in Verano Brianza and Simone Tremolada, originally from the Sant’Eustorgio parish of Arcore. Four of them come from the fifth pastoral area of Monza, Marco Guffanti, from Limbiate, is a native of the seventh pastoral area of Sesto San Giovanni.
The average age of the twenty-two deacons – the curia of Milan know – is thirty years. The oldest is 57 years old, the youngest only 24. Half of them have already completed a degree before embarking on the seminary course. In the group there is a chemical engineer, a biomedical engineer, a lawyer, a nurse, a plumber. But also a former city councilor, who studied to become a veterinarian or communication expert. Like Marco Guffanti who, five years ago, was studying for a specialist degree in Communication and was engaged in an internship when he made the decision to enter the seminary.
“Some of them have already had work experience as teachers of religion or educators in the oratories of the diocese,” they say from the Milanese curia.
Unanimously the future priests (they will be ordained next June) have chosen the phrase “I am with you”, taken from the Gospel of Matthew, as their motto. The image for their year is by the American artist Mike Moyers entitled “Hallelujah”.
«The picture – explain the candidates – represents the kingdom of God illuminated by his glorious light and inhabited by all those who have experienced his redemptive work through Christ. A multitude of people marked by their stories, where even the most difficult and jagged are treated with compassion and love, enlightened by his presence “.
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