What role can the deacons’ wives have during the ordination rite?

This question popped up this morning on Zenit: Q: In the ordination of permanent deacons, during the procession, some wives of deacons expressed the idea of wives carrying their husbands’ vestments and walking beside or behind their husbands who are to be ordained. This seems to show vividly their support for their deacon husbands and [Read More...]

Ordination update: 8 new deacons for Springfield

Details:  Eight men were ordained permanent deacons by the Most Rev. Mitchell T. Rozanski, bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield, on Saturday in St. Michael’s Cathedral. Most of them are married, reflecting a nationwide trend in the Church for active deacons, Ordained to assist the diocese’s 147 priests, who serve more than 217,000 Catholics [Read More...]

Ordination update: 14 new deacons for Washington

Details:  Cardinal Donald Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington, ordained fourteen men as permanent deacons for the Archdiocese of Washington at a Mass of Ordination today at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.In his homily, Cardinal Wuerl reflected on the ordination taking place in an age of renewed focus on our Catholic identity [Read More...]

Ordination update: 4 new deacons for Greensburg

Details: There were peaks and valleys both en route to becoming a permanent deacon and in the final destination — the ordination itself, which occurred June 13 at Blessed Sacrament Cathedral in Greensburg. “Lying prostrate and being prayed for by everyone was the highlight for me,” said Deacon William M. Newhouse, 60, of Hempfield Township, [Read More...]

Ordination update: 11 new deacons for Denver

The first picture, from Saturday’s big event, via The Denver Catholic Twitter feed: I’m hoping the archdiocese will have more details soon. Meantime, you can read more about the men here. Congratulations and welcome, brothers! Ad multos annos! [Read more...]

Ordination update: 4 new deacons for Venice

Check out the full story at Florida Catholic.  It happened on June 6th, when Bishop Frank J. Dewane ordained Stephen Beck, Roberto Landron, Edison Gibbons and David Reardon at Epiphany Cathedral in Venice, FL. Congratulations and welcome, brothers! Ad multos annos!  Photo via Diocese of Venice Facebook page [Read more...]

Ordination update: 6 new deacons for Bridgeport

From the Fairfield County Catholic, news of Bishop Frank Caggiano’s first diaconate ordination in Bridgeport: “We come here with awesome joy,” Bishop Frank J. Caggiano said just before he ordained six men as deacons for the Diocese of Bridgeport. “Our hearts are filled with joy because you have said ‘Yes’ to the Lord.” More than 500 [Read More...]

Ordination update: 19 new deacons for Los Angeles

From Angelus:  Archbishop José H. Gomez ordained 19 men to the permanent diaconate during a June 6 multi-lingual Mass at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels. “Brothers, you are called to be servants of love,” said the archbishop during his homily, directly addressing this year’s diaconate formation class, including Deacons Carlos Castro (St. [Read More...]

Deacon Sal Alvarez, RIP — UPDATED

A giant is gone:  A career that started in academia and then embraced the teachings of Jesus, Mohandas Gandhi and Cesar Chavez — a life’s work honored by the Vatican in 2011 — ended on Sunday when Salvador E. Alvarez died at home in San Jose after a long, debilitating illness. He was 74. Soon [Read More...]

Ordination update: 12 new deacons for Orlando—UPDATED

It happened last weekend, at the Basilica Shrine of Mary, Queen of the Universe. Bishop John Noonan wrote about deacons for the diocesan paper, noting “Each yes to the permanent diaconate is grace-filled.” Unfortunately, coverage of the ordination is not available in the current online edition of Florida Catholic.  (Presumably, it will be included in the [Read More...]