WHAT: Ordination of the Permanent Diaconate (Mass and Conferral of Sacrament of Holy Orders)
WHEN: Saturday, June 7, 2014, at 10 a.m.
WHERE: Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis (4431 Lindell)
WHO: His Excellency Robert J. Carlson, Archbishop of St. Louis
Those to be ordained: Patrick Belding, James Carter, Timothy Dunn, Donald Elbert, Joseph Fragale, Carl Germain, James G'Sell, Daniel Henke, James Hoefl, Mark Jaeger, Walter LaBozzetta, A. John Lipin, Keith Mallon, Robert Marischen, Jorge Perez, Daniel Raidt, Mark Schmierbach, O. James Sigillito, Neal Westhoff, Joseph Wientge
ST. LOUIS – Twenty new deacons will be ordained for the service of the Archdiocese of St. Louis as part of the 32nd class of permanent deacons in the Archdiocese of St. Louis, which began the program in 1975.
Permanent deacons are ordained clergy who serve in various ministries, including serving during the Mass, being an ordinary minister of Holy Communion, officiating at baptisms, witnessing marriages, and presiding at wakes and funerals. Permanent deacons also minister in hospitals, Church agencies and other related areas.
Many deacons are married men, and many retain their jobs and careers while serving the Church as deacons on a voluntary basis.
The diaconate requires four years of formation after a 12-month screening and evaluation process. Following ordination are three more years of formation.
Additional information as well as a livestream of the ordination can be found at stlouisreview.com/deacons-ordination.