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Permanent Deacon Candidates Called, Lectors Instituted

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On September 10, 2011, at St. Mary of the Angels Church in Mt. Olive, Permanent Diaconate Candidates were called to Candidacy for Holy Orders and to the Ministry of Lector at a bilingual Mass celebrated by the Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge, Bishop of Raleigh. The Very Rev. James F. Garneau, V.F., and Director of the Permanent Diaconate program for the Diocese, was the principal concelebrant. The Rite of Candidacy, which takes place after two years of formation by Aspirants to the diaconate, is the first official recognition of the positive signs of that vocation, which must be confirmed in the subsequent years of formation / education.

Sometime during the latter part of the formal academic program, the progress of each candidate is assessed and candidates are recommended to the Bishop to be admitted to the Ministries of Lector and Acolyte. The Ministry of Lector is conferred first. About six months later, the Ministry of Acolyte is conferred. The time between the two rites allows the candidate to exercise the particular Ministry he has received.

Third-year deacon candidates José Juan Banda, Juan Carlos Campos, Gustavo Castro-Reynoso, Gerry Lemus, José Mendoza and Luís Alfonso Royo-Camacho were instituted in the Ministry of Lector. Called to Candidacy were second-year deacon aspirants Bob Bridwell, Jerry Chavez, Lou Clark, Peter Huemiller, 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.

In his homily, Bishop Burbidge quoted the day’s Gospel in describing the foundations of diaconal service: “Listen to [the Lord’s] Word and act on it!”

“The road of formation and the life of ministry will present challenges, obstacles and maybe even some storms,” the Bishop continued, “yet the Lord promises that He will be with you always to sustain you.”

The formation for Permanent Deacons requires five years before ordination. Consideration of applications for a new class will not begin until members of the present classes reach ordination.

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Above: Bishop Michael F. Burbidge presenting a Bible to Mr. Jose Juan Banda, one of six men instituted to the Ministry of Lector during Mass at St. Mary of the Angels Church in Mt. Olive.

Above: Bishop Michael F. Burbidge and Father James F. Garneau, V.F., and Director of Permanent Diaconate with 15 men called to Candidacy for Holy Orders at Mass celebrated September 10. Deacon Felix Saez, Jr., Assistant Director of the Diaconate program is second row right.

Above: Six men instituted to the Ministry of Lector with Bishop Michael F. Burbidge and Father James F. Garneau, V.F.