Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., will confer the Sacrament of Holy Orders on six men who will be ordained deacons May 21.
The Mass of Ordination will be celebrated at 10 a.m. in St. Mary of the Assumption Cathedral, 151 North Warren Street, Trenton, and will be livestreamed on the youtube.com/trentondiocese.
Of the six ordinands, five will be known as permanent deacons. They come from a variety of backgrounds and professional careers and are married with families. Their formation has included completing a five-year program with studies that are consistent with the intellectual norms established in the National Directory for the Formation, Ministry and life of Permanent Deacons in the United States.
The sixth candidate is a seminarian, and as such will be referred to as a transitional deacon as he continues his formation and prepares for the priesthood in the Diocese of Trenton.
Once ordained, all of the new deacons will assume responsibilities such as preaching and presiding over weddings, Baptisms, wakes and committals.
The new deacons are: Kevin Hrycenko, George Chemaly, Robert Golden, Eugene Kotowski, Joseph Montone and Paul LaPlante.
Congratulations, brothers, and welcome! Ad multos annos!