I love getting emails like this:
I was one of 16 men ordained last Saturday by Bishop Earl Boyea as Deacons for the Diocese of Lansing, Michigan. Twelve of us are permanent deacons; the four new transitional deacons will be ordained priests next year.
It was a Spirit-filled day with great joy, especially since most of us gave our first homilies on Pentecost weekend! I’m humbled and glad to be part of the Order of Deacons…
Meantime, from the Diocese of Lansing website:
On Saturday, May 18, Bishop Boyea ordained to the diaconate 16 men of the Diocese of Lansing. St. Thomas Aquinas Church, East Lansing, was packed with over 1,000 worshippers, along with over 100 priests and deacons of the diocese.
Those ordained, and their assignments: Deacon Randal Philip Desrochers - St Joseph, Dexter; Deacon David Alan Drayton - St Thomas Aquinas, East Lansing, with an additional special assignment to St Vincent Catholic Charities, Lansing; Deacon David Michael Jansen - St Pius X, Flint; Deacon Joseph Yeong-Ming Jong - St Mary Cathedral, Lansing, with an additional assignment to the Chinese community in the diocese, especially the Chinese students at Michigan State University; Deacon Thomas Edward Loewe - St Thomas the Apostle, Ann Arbor; Deacon John Albert Marsh - St Isidore, Laingsburg; Deacon Don Michael Martin - St Mary, Chelsea; Deacon Mark Eugene Millage, Sr. - St John the Baptist, Ypsilanti; Deacon John Anthony Ozog- Christ the King, Ann Arbor; Deacon Kenneth Carl Preiss - Holy Redeemer, Burton; Deacon Richard Lawrence Rymar - St Robert Bellarmine, Flushing; Deacon Phillip Devon Wolfe - St Mary Magdalen, Brighton.
Transitional Deacon Assignments: Deacon Gary Kenneth Koenigsknecht - St Agnes, Fowlerville; Deacon Todd Wayne Koenigsknecht - St Mary, Williamston; Deacon William Vincent Richardson, IV - St Mary Student Parish, Ann Arbor; Deacon James Robert Rolph - St John the Evangelist, Davison.