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Ordination update: 8 new deacons for Baltimore—including the son of a deacon

Deacon Greg Kandra - published on 05/08/17

And ordination season is off and running.

From The Catholic Review: 

Kevin Hostutler’s path to a religious vocation was shaped by two fathers. He was one of eight men ordained to the permanent diaconate for the Archdiocese of Baltimore by Archbishop William E. Lori May 6 at the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen in Homeland. Participants in the liturgy included Monsignor Joseph L. Luca, his pastor at St. Louis in Clarksville, a leader in producing men and women for religious vocations, and his father, Jim, a permanent deacon in Scottsdale, Ariz., where he serves the Diocese of Phoenix. “I can’t stop smiling,” Deacon Jim Hostutler said afterward. His 48-year-old son stressed the “informational” benefits of being the son of a deacon. “I’ve felt called to serve the church for about 30 years,” Deacon Kevin Hostutler said. “During our aspirancy, when we covered how a deacon ministers, there were no surprises.” One of seven siblings, he was the only to leave Ohio, but did not miss out on having his father be part of the sacramental life of his own children. Deacon Kevin Hostutler and his wife, Coleen, whose own extended family included a priest and nun, are the parents of five. Four of them were baptized by their grandfather, who, when asked about the emotions that experience brings, said, “I’m OK, as long as I don’t talk about it.”

Read on. 

And read more about all the men ordained here.

Congratulations and welcome, brothers!  Ad multos annos! 

Photo: Kevin J. Parks/Catholic Review

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