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Buckeye blessings: new deacons in Ohio

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A whopping 33 new permanent deacons — plus three transitional deacons — were ordained in Cincinnati last month, and this is the official class picture. 

A full write up is right here.

Congratulations! And, of course, ad multos annos!

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Deacon John M. Bresnahan

posted June 1, 2010 at 6:30 pm

I went to “right here” and got a Google ad I couldn’t get past. Any suggestions.
[Try it again, John. I think I fixed it. It was working fine for me earlier…]

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posted June 1, 2010 at 8:38 pm

I wonder how many priestly vocations were diverted to this? I have no doubt that the permanent diaconate is a blessing to the Church, but you have to figure at least a handful of these guys would have been priests if this avenue wasn’t available to them.
[Rellis…I dunno about that. The two vocations are distinctly different. I don’t know any deacons who chose the diaconate over the priesthood. Dcn. G.]

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Deacon Brian (pictured lower left)

posted June 2, 2010 at 8:53 am

I agree with Dcn.G. While it is true that I discerned priesthood, I was called to the married life first, and the diaconate grew out of that. It is a distinct ministry from the priesthood and I have never second guessed my decision.

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