OGDENSBURG — Transitional Deacon Leagon Carlin relaxes in retreat — praying, spending time with Jesus and the priests — at Wadhams Hall in Ogdensburg ahead of his next stop.
It was a break for him after eight years of intense study.
He was 18 and had just graduated from Peru’s Central School in 2014 when he started this journey to answer a call for reasons that evolved over time.
BECOME WHAT GOD WANTS
Carlin, 25, attended Pontifical College Josephinum in Columbus, Ohio, where he double majored in humanities and philosophy and graduated in 2018.
On May 6, he graduated from Mount St. Mary’s Seminary in Emmitsburg, Maryland.
There he obtained double degrees, a master’s degree in theology and a master’s degree in systematic theology.
“It’s like fundamental theology, actually, big concepts like the Trinity, and things like that,” he said.
“I had exams in courses and such, but for diplomas my finals were basically a full 30-minute oral exam.”
The title of his thesis was “Human Relationality: Image of God and Fulfillment of Desire”.
“Now I’m back home a little before my ordination,” he said.
“It’s kind of weird, quite honestly, to be outside of academia. I’ve been on a school curriculum really since I was in school as a kid. I went straight from graduating from high school to seminary, and went straight from there to this seminary.
“Being out of a college environment always feels a bit weird. I don’t think I’m really going to process this until August when I would normally prepare to go back to school, and I’m not preparing to go back to school. It’s a bit different, but it’s mostly excitement and nervousness, a good kind of nervousness for this awesome big step that’s coming up in a few days.
THE HISTORY OF THE DIACRONATE MADE
On October 9, 2021, he and his father, Deacon James Carlin, were ordained deacons at the same time by Bishop Terry R. LaValley, which marked the first time that a father and son had been ordained deacons at the same time in the Diocese of Ogdensburg. .
The ordination ceremony took place at St. Peter’s Church in Plattsburgh, and the last ordination took place in 1942.
On Saturday, the transitional deacon will be ordained a priest.
“A lot of things about it are quite similar,” Carlin said.
“There are questions to which I answer publicly, to which I publicly give my consent. I re-promise the things I have already promised in diaconal ordination. It is the promise to live a simple life, to pray what we call the liturgy of the hours, to live in celibacy for the rest of my life, to never marry and to obey the bishop. I make those promises again.
Carlin will again receive the laying on of hands from Bishop LaValley.
“Which is an ancient symbol dating back to the time of Christ himself, which signified the transmission of the authority of Christ through the apostles,” he said.
“And then I will receive the anointing of the hands to symbolize and bless in a particular way my hands for the work of the priests, so typically the mass and the celebration of the sacraments, in particular the Eucharist. Then I will receive the vessels for this celebration, therefore I will receive a paten with hosts, unconsecrated bread, a chalice with unconsecrated wine, which will then be used at Mass after that.
Carlin is appointed vicar parochial of the Roman Catholic community of St. Alexanders and St. Joseph in Morrisonville, St. Augustine’s Church in Peru and St. James’s in Cadyville effective June 29.
“I won’t be home until I’m a priest, which is going to be a bit surreal,” he said.
“I’m going to be a little closer to home once the ordination comes around, so it’s different from what I expected,” he said.
“Which is rather unusual, isn’t it?” Usually they put us away from home. It’s gonna be fun. I will be happy to work with Father Scott and work with the parishioners there. Of course, I went to school in Peru, from kindergarten to 12th grade. So I am a public school child and will now serve in this parish. »