Newly ordained deacons: (left to right) first row, Jeffrey Archer, Peter DeFazio, Jiwon Yoon, Laurence Tocci, second row, Steven Clemence, Kevin Hickey, Mark Storey, third row, George Fitzsimmons, Karlo Hocurscak. Pilot photo/Gregory L. Tracy
SOUTH END -- Nine men on their journey toward the priesthood received ordination to the diaconate at the hands of Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley, Jan. 18, as friends and supporters gathered to support the candidates at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross.
"It is a great joy for us to gather here for the ordination of nine new deacons on their way to priesthood. We are so grateful to their families, their communities, pastors, and all of those who have supported them and brought them to this day," the cardinal said.
Deacons Jeffrey Archer, Steven Clemence, George Fitzsimmons, Peter DeFazio, Kevin Hickey, Karlo Hocurscak, Mark Storey, Laurence Tocci and Jiwon Yoon were ordained that day, marking a critical step in their transition into the priesthood.
The Archdiocese of Boston expects to ordain the new deacons to the priesthood at the cathedral on May 24.
"Jesus is our master, our teacher, but he has come to serve and not to be served -- as he tells us. The diaconate is a beautiful expression of Christ's servant-hood," Cardinal O'Malley said.
The word "deacon" comes from the Greek word "diakonos" meaning servant or minister. The first of three ranks of ordained ministry in the Church, deacons perform many services to the Church in conjunction with the ministries of priests and bishops. In parish life, deacons may preside at baptisms, weddings and rites of Christian burial, assist the priest at Mass, proclaim the Gospel and deliver homilies.