Following the Mass of Ordination to the Diaconate Sept. 11, 2021, Bishop Gerald Barbarito, center, is flanked by the  Diocese of Palm Beach’s newest permanent deacons — Deacon Francis (Frank) Fau, from Our Lady of Lourdes in Boca Raton, on the bishop’s left, and Deacon Mark A. Hoch, of Holy Name of Jesus in West Palm Beach, on the bishop’s right. Also in the photo are Deacon Marty Serraes, left, Father Daniel Daza-Jaller and Deacon Peter Del Valle. (Photo: Florida Catholic)


It was a day of joy at the Cathedral of St. Ignatius of Loyola on Sept. 11, 2021, as families, friends and clergy participated in Mass of the Ordination to the Permanent Diaconate of Francis O. Fau and Mark Alfred Hoch. The ceremony was livestreamed, as well.

“We welcome all of you to St. Ignatius of Loyola Cathedral on this very, very happy day of which we ordain two of our brothers, Mark and Frank, to the Order of the Diaconate,” said Bishop Gerald M. Barbarito during his welcome. “They came with their wives and their families as a sign of their love for the church in giving themselves to the service of the church.”

Bishop Barbarito’s homily reflected upon the importance of humility, calling upon Mary for guidance, and the importance of proclaiming the gospel as the apostles preached.

“‘Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I dedicated you, a prophet to the nations I appointed you.’  These words by the Prophet Jeremiah spoken in the First Reading are addressed in a particular way to you, my brothers, Frank and Mark, as you are ordained deacons to the service of the people of God here in the Diocese of Palm Beach.”

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Congratulations, brothers, and welcome! Ad multos annos!