On Friday, June 4, Michael Cummings volunteered on the serving line at SS. Monica & Luke Soup Kitchen. The following day, he was among seven men ordained to the permanent diaconate.

At Holy Angels Cathedral, Bishop Robert McClory, of the Catholic Diocese of Gary, ordained the latest class of men to become permanent deacons.

In the Catholic Church, the diaconate is the first of three ranks in ordained ministry. Those preparing for the priesthood are transitional deacons. Those not planning to be ordained priests are permanent deacons.

“This is amazing to be ordained,” Cummings said. “I received all my sacraments at Holy Angels and went to school here. It’s an honor to be ordained here.”

This year’s ordinands and their home parishes are:

Esteban (Ray) Carattini, St. John the Evangelist, St. John.

Michael Cummings, SS. Monica & Luke, Gary.

Barry Cummins, Holy Name of Jesus, Cedar Lake.

Mikinson Henry, St. Mary, Crown Point.

Javier Patino, St. Patrick, East Chicago.

Paul Progar, Sacred Heart, Whiting.

Peter Znika Jr., St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Valparaiso.

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Congratulations, brothers, and welcome! Ad multos annos!