PORTLAND — Bishop Robert P. Deeley ordained 11 men to the permanent diaconate on Saturday, Sept. 16, at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. The candidates represent parishes from York to Aroostook counties.
Although they will not advance to priesthood as does a transitional deacon, a permanent deacon is an ordained minister of the Catholic Church who is dedicated to the service of the word, sacrament and charity.
Deacons proclaim the Gospel and preach, baptize, witness marriages, conduct wake and funeral services, and identify the needs of others and assist in organizing resources to meet those needs. They also minister in different settings, from the traditional parish to prisons, hospitals, convalescent homes, homeless shelters and soup kitchens. Currently, there are 41 permanent deacons serving in the Diocese of Portland.
Candidates who will be serving in the area are:
Thomas J. Blatz, All Saints Parish, Brunswick; Francis L. Daggett, St. Joseph Parish, Bridgton; and Rodney C. Kuhl, Holy Savior Parish, Rumford.