Bishop John O. Barres ordained nine men to the permanent diaconate for the Diocese of Rockville Centre on Wednesday, September 23, in St. Agnes Cathedral.

A deacon is a member of the clergy and an ordained minister of the Catholic Church. There are three groups, or “orders,” of ordained ministers in the Church: bishops, presbyters and deacons. Deacons are ordained as a sacramental sign — to the Church and to the world — of Christ, who came “to serve and not to be served.”

The new deacons and their home parishes are: Terrence Culhane (wife: Eileen), Church of St. John Nepomucene, Bohemia; Michael Durso (wife: Tina), Church of St. Thomas the Apostle, West Hempstead; Matthew Faughnan (wife: Eileen), Church of St. Patrick, Smithtown; Gregory Fewer (wife: Carolyn), Church of Our Lady of Lourdes, Malverne; John Heverin (wife: Ann), Church of Sacred Heart, North Merrick; Ronald Lacsa (wife: Rachel), Church of St. Martin of Tours, Bethpage; Gerard Magaldi (wife: Deborah), Church of St. Aidan, Williston Park; George Sprance (wife: Josi (deceased)), Church of St. Anthony of Padua, Rocky Point; Vincent Sweeney (wife: Sharon), Church of SS. Peter and Paul, Manorville.

See below for a slideshow from the ordination.  Photos by Michael Scro.