ROME — Diocesan seminarian Dominic Rankin was one of 31 seminarians from the Pontifical North American College who were ordained to the transitional diaconate Sept. 28, in Rome. Deacon Rankin is a member of St. Rose of Lima Parish in Quincy and is the son of Mark and Stephanie Rankin.
Bishop James F. Checchio, Bishop of Metuchen — rector of the North American College from 2006 to 2016 — was the ordaining prelate, celebrating the Mass at the Altar of the Chair of St. Peter, in the Papal Basilica of St. Peter, in the Vatican.
During the ordination, the new deacons promised to live a life of prayer, celibacy and obedience to their diocesan bishop. As part of the ordination, the bishop placed the Book of the Gospels in the hands of each candidate being ordained and said, “Receive the Gospel of Christ, whose herald you have become. Believe what you read, teach what you believe, and practice what you teach.”
Deacon Rankin’s parents, one set of his grandparents, his brother and future sister-in-law, as well as several aunts, uncles, cousins and friends were present at the ordination. He was vested by Deacon Mitchell Brown, a friend from the Diocese of Gallup, New Mexico.
The Pontifical North American College is now under the leadership of a rector who is a priest of the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois, Father Peter Harman. It was founded in 1859 by Blessed Pius IX, and has formed over 5,000 priests near the heart of the Catholic Church for service in dioceses around the United States, Canada and Australia.