Pittsburgh’s Bishop David Zubik ordained 17 new deacons at St. Paul Cathedral on October 1.

As the diocesan website notes:

The 17 candidates come from throughout the diocese: 12 from Allegheny County, 2 from Beaver County, 2 from Butler County, and 1 from Lawrence County. All but one of the men is married. They come from a variety of careers and professional backgrounds, including higher education, engineering, medicine, accounting, banking, sales, dentistry, human resources, research, and other facets of business.  Four of the men are converts to Catholicism.

“These men have been deeply immersed in the diocesan Deacon Formation Program for more than five years,” Bishop Zubik said. “The process has helped them discern their vocation to this ministry, deepen their relationship with the Lord, and model their lives on Jesus, who came not to be served but to serve.”

Deacon Stephen J. Byers, director of the Deacon Formation Program and the Office for Deacon Personnel, says, “It has been a profound joy to walk with these men throughout the formation program and to witness their growth with the help and assistance of so many dedicated individuals who have been a part of their journey.”

Read more about the men here. 

They are:

Bruce Beaver
Stephen Cafaro
Blaine Carnprobst
Eric Collier
Jason Corsetti
Michael Gatto
Brian Kail
Michael Kaufman
Kevin Lewis
Mark Marvenko
David McLaughlin
Douglas Nelson
Joseph Ross
Joseph Samchuck
Brett Schurter
Rick Sumrok
Russell White
In addition, a Maronite candidate, Bahige Alchoufete, is with the group. He went through the Pittsburgh formation program and was ordained in August by his bishop.
Congratulations, brothers, and welcome! Ad multos annos!