A joyful ad multos annos to my friend Silas Henderson, whom many of you may know from the Jordan Ministry Team, or from his years as managing editor of Deacon Digest.

Saturday, Bishop Edward Weisenburger of Tucson ordained Brother Silas, a member of the Salvatorian order,  as a permanent deacon in Tucson’s St. Augustine Cathedral.

As Silas wrote to me today:

The other bishop is Tucson’s bishop emeritus Gerald Kicanas. I’m the director of the Salvatorian Jordan Ministry, which is based in Tucson. (The U.S. province of the Society of the Divine Savior — the Salvatorians — is based in Milwaukee, WI.) The ordination was celebrated respecting the COVID protocols of the Diocese of Tucson, but we were happy to have a representative group of Tucson’s permanent deacons present for the ordination and to welcome me into the Order of Deacons.

And, per convention of religious communities, I am still “Brother Silas.”

A very happy Deacon, er, Brother Silas is shown in the picture standing to the left of Bishop Weisenberger; that’s Bishop Emeritus Kicanas on the right. The Tucson deacons are in the foreground.

What a great day for the Salvatorians, for Brother Silas, and for the Church. Welcome, brother — and Brother!

I hope to do an interview with him soon about his vocation journey. Stay tuned.