Newly ordained deacons eager to serve the people of God

Twenty-seven permanent Catholic deacons were ordained at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Masses on Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020 at St. Rita of Cascia Shrine Chapel, 7740 S. Western Ave. Cardinal Cupich was the main celebrant at the 9 a.m. ordination. Bishop Robert Casey, vicar general of the Archdiocese of Chicago, presided over the 1 p.m. Mass. The newly ordained deacons will be serve parishes in: Chicago, Chicago Heights, Grayslake, Gurnee, Lake Zurich, Lemont, Melrose Park, Orland Park, Palatine, Park Ridge, Prospect Heights, Riverside, Tinley Park, Waukegan and Wilmette. Two permanent deacons were ordained in August. (Karen Callaway/Chicago Catholic)
Tomas Mackevicius from St. John Cantius Parish, 825 N. Carpenter St., walks into Mass with his wife Asta Mackeviciene and son Rojus during the opening procession of the afternoon Mass. (Karen Callaway/Chicago Catholic)
Soon to be ordained Martín Horta (center) from St. Paul Parish in Chicago Heights stands with his wife Maria during the morning Mass. (Karen Callaway/Chicago Catholic)
Peter Brown from St. Mary Parish in Riverside listens to Bishop Robert Casey’s homily with his wife Michelle during the afternoon Mass. (Karen Callaway/Chicago Catholic)
The men lay prostrate during the praying of the Litany of Saints. (Karen Callaway/Chicago Catholic)
Miguel Ángel Vega from the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Des Plaines, prays during the Mass with Cardinal Cupich. (Karen Callaway/Chicago Catholic)
Cardinal Cupich lays his hands on newly ordained Deacon Gabriel Nevárez from Sacred Heart Parish in Melrose Park. (Karen Callaway/Chicago Catholic)
Father Honoratus C. Mwageni, pastor of Sts. Peter and Paul, vests James Maslanka, who will serve at the parish. (Karen Callaway/Chicago Catholic)
Newly ordained Deacon Brian Fisher from St. Gilbert Parish in Grayslake, shares the kiss of peace with Cardinal Cupich. The kiss of peace is part of the ordination rite and was altered this year to observe social distancing. (Karen Callaway/Chicago Catholic)
Newly ordained José Carlos Quiroz from Misión San Juan Diego Parish in Palatine waves to his family during the sign of peace. (Karen Callaway/Chicago Catholic)
Cardinal Cupich distributes Communion to newly ordained Deacon Allan Origenes from Our Lady of Mercy Parish, 4432 N. Troy St. (Karen Callaway/Chicago Catholic)