Alumnus Deacon Philip Briggs (’13) was ordained to the transitional diaconate in the Diocese of Arlington this past weekend. Deacon Briggs, who will serve as a deacon for the next year in the Diocese, is on track to be ordained as Christendom’s one-hundredth alumni priest next summer.
Deacon Briggs, who earned his B.A. from Christendom in political science and economics, was ordained to the diaconate by the Diocese of Arlington’s Bishop Michael Burbidge on Saturday, April 10, along with six other men at the Cathedral of St. Thomas More in Arlington, Virginia. Now that he is a deacon, Deacon Briggs will be able to proclaim the Gospel at Mass, give homilies, perform baptisms, and preside over Eucharistic adoration and benediction.
“I am really looking forward to celebrating baptisms, as well as presiding over Eucharistic adoration and benediction,” said Deacon Briggs in an interview with the Arlington Catholic Herald. “Baptism and the Eucharist are both pillars in the life of a deacon, and I hope to grow deeper in my devotion to these sacraments.”
Deacon Briggs is the son of Christendom alumni Doug (’84) and Nancy (’82) Briggs, and the sibling of five other Christendom alumni — with his other two siblings currently attending the college as well. After the Mass of Ordination, Nancy Briggs was filled with joy at seeing Deacon Briggs be ordained.
“It’s always such a mystery to see your children developing into who God has intended them to be, and we’re very humbled and joyful that he’s responded to this call,” Briggs said to the Herald. “He’s been such a great gift to our family and now he’ll be a gift to our whole diocese.
This year, Christendom will see five alumni be ordained as priests, including three others in the Diocese of Arlington. Following these ordinations, Deacon Briggs will be on track to become Christendom’s one-hundredth alumni priest next summer — a tremendous milestone for the college.