Charles Onyeneke was ordained into the priesthood during a ceremony Saturday at Albany’s Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception.
Albany Roman Catholic Diocese Bishop Edward Scharfenberger also ordained five men as transitional deacons and eight as permanent deacons.
The events meant to take place in separate ceremonies in May and June were postponed because of the pandemic and combined into Saturday’s single celebration.
…Those who are now transitional deacons are:
Matthew Duclos, attended Pontifical North American College, Rome; Kyle Gorenski, attended St. Mary’s Seminary, Baltimore, Maryland; Daniel McHale, attended Pope St. John XXIII Seminary, Weston, Massachusetts; Nathaniel Resila, attended St. Mary’s of the Lake Seminary, Mundelein, Illinois; Stephen Yusko, attended Pontifical North American College, Rome.
Transitional deacons are those men preparing for ordination to the priesthood. The five will spend one year as deacons before their ordination to the priesthood.
The new permanent deacons, with the cooperation and collaboration of their wives, will serve in parish and diocesan ministry. They may preach, baptize, witness the sacrament of marriage and assist in various other ministries.
They are: Nicholas Ascioti and his wife, Emily, members St. Jude the Apostle Church, Wynantskill; Ramon Bonifacio, and his wife, Elaine Escobales, members of Our Lady of the Americas Church, Albany; Paul Cerosaletti, and his wife, Amy, members of St. Mary’s Church, Oneonta;Martin Dinan, and his wife, Katrina, members of St. Jude the Apostle Church, Wynantskill; Ronald Dombrowski, and his wife, Patricia, members of Sacred Heart/Immaculate Conception, Palenville and Haines Falls; Paul LeBlanc, and his wife, Debra, members of St. Edward the Confessor Church, Clifton Park; Bernard McConaghy, and his wife, Rebecca, members St. Mary’s Church, Clinton Heights; Aaron Tremblay, and his wife, Gail, members of Church of the Holy Spirit, East Greenbush.
Congratulations, brothers and welcome! Ad multos annos!