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New group of deacons ordained

By Catholic New World
June 1, 2014

New group of deacons ordained

Cardinal George ordained seven men as permanent deacons on May 18, 2014, at Holy Name Cathedral. Another deacon was ordained on May 10 and another nine men were ordained May 25.
Newly ordained Deacon Christopher Murphy distributes Communion to other deacons during the diaconate ordination at Holy Name Cathedral on May 18. Cardinal George ordained seven men that day to serve parishes in the Archdiocese of Chicago as permanent deacons. (Karen Callaway / Catholic New World)
Newly ordained Deacon Bill Hynes gets congratulatory hugs from friends following Mass. (Karen Callaway / Catholic New World)
Newly ordained Deacon Dennis Cristofaro processes with his wife Barbara following Mass. Cristofaro will serve at St. Elizabeth Seton Parish in Orland Hills. (Karen Callaway / Catholic New World)
Veronica Alandy cheers as she processes up the aisle with her husband, newly ordained Deacon Miguel Alandy. Alandy will serve at St. Mary of the Annunciation Parish in Mundelein. (Karen Callaway / Catholic New World)

Cardinal George ordained seven men as permanent deacons on May 18, at Holy Name Cathedral. Another deacon was ordained on May 10 and another nine men were ordained May 25.

More than 98 percent of deacons are married with families and most are also engaged in outside occupations. They are clergy, along with priests and bishops. The ministries that deacons perform include the teaching mission of the church, caring for the poor, performing baptisms and marriages, conducting funeral liturgies, presiding at wake services and assisting the priest at Mass by proclaiming the Gospel, preaching, leading intercessions, preparing the altar and intoning the dismissal.

The Archdiocese of Chicago has the largest diaconate in the entire Catholic Church with more than 600 deacons.

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  • ordination
  • deacons

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