On May 26, 2012, 14 men including an internationally recognized surgeon, a civic lawyer, a banker, a mail carrier, and an auto mechanic were ordained as permanent deacons for the Archdiocese of Toronto. The Mass and ordination ceremony held at St. Michael’s Cathedral were presided over by Bishop Vincent Nguyen, Auxiliary Bishop of Toronto and Vicar for Deacons.
Although World Youth Day is celebrated internationally every two to three years, it is also celebrated locally in each diocese every year on Palm Sunday.
This year’s celebration at the Archdiocese of Toronto included catechesis, praise and worship, and the beginning of Mass at St. Paul’s Basilica. There was also a procession through the streets of downtown Toronto with the 2002 World Youth Day Cross to St. Michael’s Cathedral for the continuation of the Palm Sunday Eucharist.
The catechist and principal celebrant this year was Thomas Cardinal Collins.