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Deacon Ordination

Congratulations to Rev. Mr. José Juan Banda, Rev. Mr. Juan Carlos Campos, Rev. Mr. Gustavo Castro-Reynoso and Rev. Mr. Luis Alfonso Royo Camacho who were ordained to the Order of Deacon on Saturday, June 29, 2013 by the Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge during a Mass celebrated at Saint Michael the Archangel in Cary, after completing a five year program of deacon formation. Twenty-one priests concelebrated the Mass, including Rev. Msgr. David D. Brockman, Vicar General, and Very Rev. James F. Garneau, V.F., Director of the Diocesan Diaconate program. More than 600 people attended, including families and friends of the men. Click photo below to view larger.

Acolytes Instituted

On December 8, 2013, at St. Mary of the Angels Catholic Church in Mt. Olive, fourteen men in the Deacon Formation Program were instituted to the Ministry of Acolyte at a Mass celebrated by the Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge, Bishop of Raleigh. The Very Rev. James F. Garneau, V.F., Director of the Permanent Diaconate program for the Diocese, was the principal concelebrant. Fifth-year men instituted to the Ministry of Acolyte: Bob Bridwell, Jerry Chavez, Lou Clark, Jeff Jolly, David Kierski, Jim Marapoti, Vince Parente, Brian Phillips, Art Schneider, Jim Strange, Jr., Bob Troy, Jr., Mike Vandiver, John Wetsch, and Chuck Zlamal. Click photo below to view larger.

Deacon Community Board

We would like to thank Deacon Jorge Rodríguez, Deacon William Cortright, and Mrs. Mary Ellen Cortright (deceased) for their past service on the Deacon Community Board. A warm welcome to the new members appointed by Bishop Michael Burbidge: Deacon Gustavo Castro-Reynoso, Deacon Mark Westrick, and Dr. Mary Gabriel. Other board members include: Deacon Wally Calabrese, Deacon Rick Fisher, Deacon Pius Gabriel, Deacon Frank Jones, Deacon Emilio Mejía, and Mrs. Anna Rzewnicki.  

Office Staff

Deacon Felix Saez, Jr. is the assistant director for the Office of the Permanent Diaconate, and Mrs. Amy Breindel is the secretary for the Office of the Permanent Diaconate. You can contact either of them at (919) 658-4023. 

As of July 8, 2008, Fr. James F. Garneau was appointed Director of the Office of the Permanant Diaconate. The offices have been relocated to Mount Olive, NC.

Deacons, by William T. Ditewig - A helpful resource for those who have questions about the diaconate



Director, Office of the Permanent Diaconate
Very Reverend James F. Garneau, V.F., Ph.D.
St. Mary Catholic Church
P.O. Box 1145
Mount Olive, NC 28365
(919) 658-4023

Assistant Director, Office of the Permanent Diaconate
Saint Mary Parish

Deacon Felix Sáez, Jr.
(919) 658-4023

Office Secretary
Mrs. Amy J. Breindel
(919) 658-4023