“expectant Father” Solomon

2 Apr

Deacon Suleiman ordination 07

Yes, that is genuine. He is that prayerful and sincere.

We met “Deacon” Sleiman Hassan when we came to Beit Jala to prepare to celebrate Mass in Cremisan Valley. He had packed up everything we needed for Mass, led us to the spot where he set everything up for us, explained the significance of praying in this spot where we were, assisted me at the altar for the entire Mass, packed everything up and took us back to the parish church. He won our hearts, our admiration and our affection. He is a good-looking fellow, a prayerful man, a worthy representative of our Catholic Church and an engaging spokesperson for Annunciation parish and the Palestinian people of Beit Jala.

On March 19, 2013, the feast of St. Joseph (and his birthday), he was ordained a deacon during a Mass at Annunciation Church in Beit Jala.

lying prostrate during the Litany of Saints

Deacon Suleiman ordination 01

laying on of hands by the bishop

Deacon Suleiman ordination 04

vested in the liturgical robes of the deacon

Deacon Suleiman ordination 08

under the eyes of an admiring little girl

Deacon Suleiman ordination 06

Deacon Sleiman (Solomon) will be ordained a priest on June 20, 2013 (my birthday) at his parish church of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in his home village of Fuheis, Jordan.

And I will be there. I am flying to the Middle East to be among the priests who will lay hands on his head during the ordination ceremony. What a treat and an honor it will be for me!

7 Responses to ““expectant Father” Solomon”

  1. waseim April 2, 2013 at 6:56 am #

    What is a wonderfull words Fr.ROB I am waiting you ther i Fuhayse

  2. Cathy O'Toole April 2, 2013 at 7:02 am #

    …and a treat and honor for him.

  3. chrisnunner April 2, 2013 at 9:20 am #

    This fills my heart with joy! So glad you will be there to carry our blessings and prayers to him.

  4. Dec. Sleiman April 2, 2013 at 12:11 pm #

    Thank you Father and every one for your love and support.
    I wish you all God’s richest blessings +
    and see you soon

  5. Char April 2, 2013 at 12:22 pm #

    The world needs more wonderful young men like him! Take our prayers and gratitude with you, for him from us!!

  6. Hannes Marcel Bichler April 2, 2013 at 1:21 pm #

    Dear Father, so we both will be there at his ordination to priesthood at Fuhais. I am coming directly from Rome to be present in this sepcial moment of life of the man who is more brother than anyone else to me.
    In Christo!
    Hannes Marcel Bichler

    • Father Rob Waller April 3, 2013 at 10:05 pm #

      Together we will offer a toast to God for giving Soloman to us and to the Church!

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