Aleteia logoAleteia logo
Aleteia
Saturday 15 May |
Saint of the Day: St. Isidore the Farmer

Ordination Update: 17 New Deacons for Scranton

Deacon Greg Kandra - published on 11/29/15

Boom! The vocation keeps growing. A preview of yesterday’s big event:

During the Mass of Ordination, scheduled for 10 a.m. in the Cathedral of St. Peter, Bambera will ordain the following men to serve permanently in the Order of Deacon:

Thomas V. Amoroso, Tobyhanna; Alan S. Baranski, Tobyhanna; William F. Behm, Mountain Top; Donald J. Crane, Wilkes-Barre; Albert V. Giacometti, Old Forge; Frank H. Hine, Wilkes-Barre; Michael S. Imbrogno, Wilkes-Barre; Walter G. Janoski, Exeter; André F. Kabacinski, Duryea; James R. Meizanis Sr., Larksville; José L. Mendoza, Mount Pocono; Vincent M. Oberto, Hazleton; Joseph P. Rodgers, Saylorsburg; James A. Rose Sr., West Pittston; Kevin L. Scheirer, East Stroudsburg; Thomas M. Spataro, Porters Lake; and Philip F. Zimich, Cresco.

These men have completed a five-year formation program and will become members of the threefold ordained ministry that consists of bishops, priests and deacons.

The deacon’s service has three aspects: word, worship and charity. He can perform certain ministerial functions such as administering baptism; serving as the deacon at the Mass, including proclaiming the Gospel, preaching the homily and distributing Holy Communion; bringing viaticum to the sick; presiding at wake services, funeral liturgies and burial rites, and with permission by the pastor, may celebrate the Sacrament of Matrimony.

First picture of the new deacons below, via Facebook. See more here. Congratulations, brothers, and welcome! Ad multos annos!

croppedpic
Support Aleteia!

If you’re reading this article, it’s thanks to the generosity of people like you, who have made Aleteia possible.

Here are some numbers:

  • 20 million users around the world read Aleteia.org every month
  • Aleteia is published every day in seven languages: English, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Polish, and Slovenian
  • Each month, readers view more than 50 million pages
  • Nearly 4 million people follow Aleteia on social media
  • Each month, we publish 2,450 articles and around 40 videos
  • We have 60 full time staff and approximately 400 collaborators (writers, translators, photographers, etc.)

As you can imagine, these numbers represent a lot of work. We need you.

Support Aleteia with as little as $1. It only takes a minute. Thank you!

Daily prayer
And today we celebrate...




Top 10
1
Eric Clapton, Luciano Pavarotti, East London Gospel Choir
J-P Mauro
Hear Clapton and Pavarotti sing a prayer to the “Holy Mothe...
2
ascension AND ASSUMPTION
Philip Kosloski
Ascension vs. assumption: What is the difference?
3
ZMARTWYCHWSTANIE
Philip Kosloski
What happened between the resurrection and ascension of Jesus?
4
I.Media for Aleteia
These 30 shrines will lead the Rosary Relay for end of the pandem...
5
PHILIPPINES CHURCH
J-P Mauro
We need better church music, say Catholics in the Philippines
6
Philip Kosloski
What was the message of Our Lady of Fatima?
7
BENOIT JOSEPH LABRE
Larry Peterson
Benedict XVI called him “one of the most unusual saintsR...
See More