Details from the Catholic Transcript:
Tears of joy flowed among family members and others as the Archdiocese of Hartford welcomed three men to the priesthood and five men to the transitional diaconate during a two-and-a-half-hour ceremony Dec. 1 at the Cathedral of St. Joseph.
It was the first dual ordination of priests and deacons performed in the Archdiocese of Hartford. It is believed to have been the first ceremony of its type in the United States since a new ritual was promulgated last year.
Ordained to the priesthood were Henry Alexander Avendaño Varon, Andrés Mendoza Floyd and Jorge Eliecer Castro Morales, all of whom were born in Colombia.
The new transitional deacons are William Agyemang, Piotr Buczek, John Robert Mariano, Carlos Andrés Piedrahita Echeverri and Michael Alberto Santiago.
The five deacons will continue their seminary studies while providing pastoral care at various parishes across the Archdiocese of Hartford. Once they complete their requirements, they will be ordained to the priesthood in the spring.
Read more about the men and their vocations here.
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