A crowd gathered at St. Mary Cathedral on Saturday morning to witness Timothy Furlow ordained a transitional deacon on his way to the priesthood by Archbishop Alexander Sample.
Rev. Mr. Furlow was in Rome studying at the Pontifical North American College in Rome while the rest of the transitional deacons were ordained in June.
In his homily, Archbishop Sample reminded the candidate just prior to his diaconate ordination that today was the beginning of a new life for him. A life of ministry at the altar, ministry of service to others and to the beginning of his laying down his life for Christ and his people.
The archbishop reminded all in attendance that all are called to lay down their lives for Christ.
"It sounds like a contradiction," said the archbishop. "But losing our lives in order to be of service to Christ is the only way that we may truly find them."
He also reminded Rev. Mr. Furlow that this laying down of one's life required service at all times, not just at the sacred liturgy.
"Serve at the altar, yes," said Archbishop Sample. "But your service at the altar of divine worship is only a reflection of your service as a deacon to the most abandoned as you lay down your life for Christ."
Rev. Mr. Furlow is the son of Steven and Pamela Furlow (deceased). He has two sisters. He attended Holy Trinity elementary school, and then took home school courses graduating high school in 2000. After attending the University of Portland, he graduated from the Franciscan University of Steubenville, Ohio earning a bachelor of arts degree in theology and philosophy in 2011. He has studied at Mount Angel Seminary and at the Pontifical North American College in Rome.
His ministry training assignments thus far have included time at St. John the Baptist Parish in Milwaukie and St. Paul Parish in Silverton. He will spend this next year at St. Mary Magdalene (The Madeleine) Parish in Portland as a pastoral training year.