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10hp0471.jpgPontifical North American College seminarians Keith D. Romke of the Diocese of Rockford, Ill., and Mark R. Payton of the Archdiocese of Perth, Australia, are seen after being ordained  deacons in St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican Oct. 7. Thirty seminarians from the U.S. national seminary were ordained deacons. (Photo by CNS/Paul Haring).

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Deacon Rick

posted October 8, 2010 at 10:17 am

The son of a deacon from the Duluth Diocese, Anthony Craig, was also ordained yesterday. I am looking forward to hearing stories from his parents and our pastor about that glorious day.

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Deacon Bill

posted October 8, 2010 at 2:59 pm

In a supreme bit of irony, I was in the Basilica earlier in the morning while they were setting up for the ordination. I couldn’t remain, however, since I had already made a reservation to go on the “scavi tour” in the archeological dig beneath St. Peter’s.
LITERALLY, as the Mass of Ordination was being celebrated (we could hear the music while we were down below), this is what was going on immediately beneath the main altar. . . . I’m just glad I was the only deacon to pass out!
Congratulations to our newest brothers! Ad multo annos!

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Paula Gonzales Rohrbacher

posted October 9, 2010 at 3:00 am

Have any permanent deacons ever been ordained at St. Peter’s? Just wondering…

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Deacon Bill

posted October 9, 2010 at 7:39 am

Dear Paula,
Yes, permanent deacons are ordained at St. Peter’s quite often, especially of it’s a large class.
In 2000, for the Jubilee Day for deacons and their families, 17 (permanent) deacons were ordained at St. Peter’s: 14 from Italy and 3 from Spain. I served as Deacon of the Eucharist that day, and what an honor that was! (The newly ordained didn’t come forward and assume the diaconal roles; the two of us who started — a permanent deacon from Rome who was deacon of the Word, and I — finished the Mass. It was a special moment.
Concelebrating that day was US bishop Jerry Kicanas, now of Tucson, and Bishop Fritz Lohbinger of South Africa. Cardinal Castrillon-Hoyos, then-Prefect of the Congregation for Clergy, presided.
God bless,

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posted October 9, 2010 at 9:18 am

It’s nice to have that kind of money for getting around the world and all, I expect.

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Deacon Bill

posted October 9, 2010 at 12:23 pm

Dear nnmns,
Why the nasty comment? I am by no means wealthy, having worked my whole life, first as a career Navy person, and then in a variety of church-related ministries. My wife and i also raised four wonderful children. Still, there are good sources of funding for official, academic and professional travel.
As for the trip I mentioned to Paula above: I was asked by th USCCB to lead the delegation of US deacons to Rome for the Jubilee celebration. Otherwise, I certainly could not have gone.
Please try not to judge when you don’t know the facts.
God bless,

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posted October 9, 2010 at 3:30 pm

I didn’t assume or mean to imply you were that wealthy, just your church. I’m sorry I didn’t make myself clear.

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