The ordinations took place at St. George's parish, not far from Dehon Bhavan, the SCJ minor seminary, South Kumbalanghy, Kerala.
Fr. Martin (India District Superior) welcomes Bishop John Thattumbal, of the Cochin Diocese.
The Bishop takes a few moments for prayer.
The deacon candidates preparing for ordination.
Vesting before the celebration, Fr. Guntoro (middle) and Fr. Kusmaryadi (right), (Indonesia)
The procession into the church.
Bishop Thattumkal enters the church.
The deacon candidates, (from left) Jijo, Sunil, Michael, Aji, Jose, Sanil, takes their places at the front of the church.
The concelebrants. (from front right to left) Fr. Szymon (Poland, Frs. Guntoro and Kus (Indonesia)
The church was filled with parishioners, family, friends, and SCJs.
Sunil, reading the 1st reading.
Jijo reads one of the scripture readings.
Fr. Martin presents the deacon candidates to Bishop Thattumkal, recommending them for ordination.
The bishop gives the homily, instructing the deacon candidates as to the responsibilities of the deacon.
They lay prostrate during the singing of the Litany of Saints.
After the examination of the deacon candidate about their willingness to be ordained, and their commitment to celibacy, the bishop receives each on individually as they make their promise of obedience to the bishop.
The bishop ordains Jijo, laying his hands on his head, in silence.
Michael is ordained.
Sunil is ordained.
Jose is ordained.
Aji is ordained.
Sanil is ordained.
The newly ordained deacons are helped putting on their vestments.
Each deacon then goes to the bishop and kneels before him, as the bishop presents him with the Book of the Gospels.
The bishop gives each deacon the "kiss of peace."
During the preparation of gifts.
The gifts are brought to the altar.
Deacon Aji giving out communion.
Deacon Jijo giving out communion.
Deacon Aji gives thanks, in the name of all the newly ordained deacons.
After Mass, the bishop takes a moment to pose with the deacons for a photo.
Everyone is then invited to the parish hall to continue to the celebration at the reception.