Ordination Update: 4 New Deacons for Cleveland

Ordination Update: 4 New Deacons for Cleveland May 4, 2019

You can catch the ordination video at the diocese’s diaconate Facebook page. 

I’m waiting for someone to move pictures of the new deacons — anyone have one? — but here’s the press release: 

Bishop Nelson Perez will ordain four men as permanent deacons during a Mass at 10 a.m. May 4 in the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist in downtown Cleveland.

The four men who will be ordained are Christopher DePenti, husband of Anne Marie, and a parishioner at St. Columbkille, Parma; Giovanni Grazia, husband of Suzanne, and a parishioner at Divine Word in Kirtland; Matthew Harley, husband of Mary, and a parishioner at St. Ambrose in Brunswick; and Thomas Shetina, husband of Lee, and a parishioner at St. John Vianney in Mentor.

They are finishing five years of preparation, which includes a year of aspirancy and four years of formation.

As permanent deacons, they will be assigned to parishes within the diocese to assist the bishop and priests. Their duties will include assisting at the Eucharist, distributing Holy Communion, witnessing and blessing marriages, proclaiming the Gospel and preaching, presiding at funerals and engaging in ministries of charity.

This year is the 51st anniversary of the 1968 approval by St. Pope Paul VI for the bishops of the United States to renew the permanent diaconate as an active, permanent order of ministry.

The deacons — who have a three-fold ministry of word, altar and charity — will be ordained by the bishop during the liturgy. They are charged with performing works of charity. Their ministry is one of service.

Read on. 

For those interested in such speculation, the name of Cleveland’s Bishop Perez is one I hear often when people mention candidates to be the next bishop of Brooklyn. (Our own Bishop DiMarzio, who ordained me 12 years ago, turns 75 next month.)

Congratulations, brothers, and welcome! Ad multos annos! 

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