On 1 May 2023, the Feast St Joseph, the Worker, (International workers day), Br Francis Xavier Aind was ordained Deacon, at Society of St Paul, Divyodaya, Lalkhatanga, Bhusur, Ranchi, India by His Grace Most Rev Dr Felix Toppo, SJ, the Archbishop of Ranchi.
Rev Fr Joby Mathew, the Provincial Superior, presented the candidate for the diaconate to Archbishop Felix Toppo.
The Archbishop instructed the new Deacon in the light of the Gospel of the day, advising the brother to belong to Jesus and to gain experience from him, always listening and following him as “it is the experience of being ‘his sheep’ that has to give expression to your service as a deacon.” Further, the Archbishop reminded the candidate how it is necessary to be free from human dynamics, without taking possession of God’s work for personal gratification. “Jesus was the first,” he said, “to experience this in his relationship with his Father, and his Father gave him back life, the eternal and true life.”
In an emotional atmosphere that followed the celebration, Francis Aind, the newly-ordained deacon, commented, “For me, Love is the fundamental and innate story of my vocation. The comforting words, "Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine" (Is. 43:1), is the source of my life as a consecrated religious, and now as a deacon. At every moment of my life, particularly difficult moments of my life, I felt the trust of Jesus, who never left me alone. In letting go and surrendering myself to Him, I found my life changing daily. Today, I'm grateful for that moment, that moment of being loved and enveloped by that Love for the rest of my life, and realizing how Jesus has ever been close to me.” He then thanked God for the Gift of his Vocation to religious life.
The event was marked by the presence of Fr Joby Mathew, the Provincial Superior, Fr Sebastian Thomas, the Provincial Bursar, Priests and Religious from the surrounding areas, and a large number of people from St Paul’s Family Unit, Bhusur. Fr Francis Dalmet and the members of the community of Ranchi made all the necessary arrangements for the entire function.
We Congratulate Dn Francis Aind and implore God’s choices blessings upon him so that he may continue to be an effective instrument in carrying out the Pauline Media Apostolate.
Hearty Congratulations dear Dn Francis Aind.