Eleven men were ordained to the permanent diaconate for the archdiocese June 21 at St. Patrick’s Cathedral.
As ordaining bishop and principal celebrant of the 9 a.m. Mass, Cardinal Dolan shed light on the significance of the conferral of the sacred order of deacon in concurrence with the summer solstice, which signifies the first day of summer and the day of the year that has the most hours of sunlight.
He referenced a simultaneous yet unrelated event in Times Square that Saturday for sun worshippers.
“You could be there, at Times Square, to worship the sun,” the cardinal told the vast cathedral congregation. “You have chosen to be at St. Patrick’s Cathedral to worship the S-o-n, the Son, the only begotten Son of God,” the cardinal continued, which caused the assembly to burst into thunderous applause before he concluded, “who is the deacon of the Eternal Father.”The 11 new deacons are: Deacon Santos T. Arroyo, 60, of St. Lucy’s parish, the Bronx; Deacon John A. Barbera, 53, St. Augustine’s, Ossining; Deacon Angel J. Camacho, 47, St. Frances de Chantal, the Bronx; Deacon Michael J. Correale, 57, St. Martin de Porres, Poughkeepsie; Deacon John A. Duffy, 63, St. Eugene’s, Yonkers; Deacon Gerald T. Fenton, 65, St. Ann’s, Nyack; Deacon Richard M. Marino, 57, Immaculate Conception-St. Mary’s, Port Jervis; Deacon Samir L. Mobarek, 59, St. Augustine’s, New City; Deacon Daniel Moliterno, 62, Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Elmsford; Deacon Jose L. Velasquez, 56, St. Joseph’s, Yonkers, and Deacon Arthur P. Weiner, 65, St. James the Apostle, Carmel.
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Ad multos annos! Congratulations, brothers, and welcome!