The occasional, often ill-considered thoughts of a Roman Catholic permanent deacon who is ever grateful to God for his existence. Despite the strangeness we encounter in this life, all the suffering we witness and endure, being is good, so good I am sometimes unable to contain my joy. Deo gratias!

Monday, June 22, 2009

Father Augustine DiNoia, O.P.

I just read that Pope Benedict XVI has named Fr. Augustine DiNoia as Secretary of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments. Our congratulations to Fr. Gus, an eminent theologian and a wonderful priest. The Church is fortunate to have him in such a position. Fr. DiNoia has served the Church and his order in a variety of positions, including serving as undersecretary of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith under the then Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger; so he is no stranger to the Curia. He will, of course, be made an archbishop as he assumes his new position.

Fr. DiNoia and Pope Benedict XVI
Back when I was a new deacon in my parish on Cape Cod, I occasionally assisted at Sunday Mass concelebrated by three visiting Dominican priests: Fr. Peter Cameron, Fr. Romanus Cessario, and Fr. Augustine DiNoia. They spent part of every August in our little seaside town where the Dominicans have a residence. What a wonderful privilege it was to meet and listen to these three remarkable theologians. We could always look forward to an exceptional homily.

Click here for more on Fr. DiNoia.

By the way, you can't go wrong reading anything written by Fr. DiNoia and his colleagues, Frs. Cameron and Cessario. Check them out on Amazon.


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