Photo by Gregory A. Shemitz
On, Saturday, May 17 at St. Agnes Cathedral, Bishop William Murphy ordained the following men to the permanent diaconate:
Michael James Byrne, 52. A parishioner of Infant Jesus, Port Jefferson, for 40 years, Deacon Byrne and his wife, Maria have been married for 26 years. They have a 24-year-old son and a 21-year-old daughter. Currently an elementary school teacher, Michael anticipates serving his parish as coordinator of the middle school youth group and coordinator of the liturgy committee, and presiding at baptisms, wake services and weddings. He also plans on visiting the diocesan missions in the Dominican Republic, and preaching at different parishes to help support the missions.
Christie Emile Daniello, 52. During his 18 years as a parishioner, Deacon Daniello has served St. James in Seaford as an extraordinary minister of Holy Communion, as well in the RCIA program, Baptism intakes, family ministry and as carnival chairman. A member of the Knights of Columbus, he will be involved as a deacon in RCIA and the baptism program in the parish. Sales manager for a national auto part company, he has two adult sons, 28 and 24, and he and his wife Dawn have been married for 10 years.
John Joseph Fielding, 64. Married 34 years, Deacon Fielding and his wife Lily have a son, 33, and a daughter, 31. As a member of St. Rocco Parish, Glen Cove, for 14 years, he has served as an extraordinary minister of Holy Communion, lector, director of the adult Bible study group, and director of altar servers. A certified public accountant, he has also been a member of the parish finance committee and parish council. John’s parish ministries will include director of the marriage preparation and baptism preparation programs, director of the parish stewardship committee, and teacher in the parish and school religious education program.
John Gagliardi, 54. Deacon Gagliardi, who works at a not-for-profit group home for adolescents and families, has been married for 23 years. He and his wife Lori have two daughters, 19 and 17. Having volunteered in baptismal ministry and as a catechist during his 15 years as a member of St. Jude Parish in Mastic Beach, he will continue to serve in baptismal ministry in the parish.
Everett William Lackenbauer, 58. Deacon Lackenbauer has served in his parish’s marriage preparation program, men’s discussion group, pastoral council and St. Vincent de Paul Society during his 17 years as a member of St. Peter the Apostle in Islip Terrace. As a deacon, he will be involved in marriage preparation for both the parish and the diocese. A senior safety instructor for New York City Transit, he and his wife, Nancylee, have been marred for 34 years.
Thomas Peter Lemme, 54. Married for 30 years, Deacon Lemme and his wife Margaret have two daughters, ages 26 and 23. During 23 years as a parishioner of Notre Dame, New Hyde Park, he has been coordinator of extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion, a lector, catechist, RCIA facilitator, and volunteered in Communion ministry to the sick and homebound. A physician assistant, he has been a volunteer leader in the Boy Scouts of America (BSA), a Bronx Council Scout Commissioner and Council Vice President for Program BSA-Greater NY Council. He has also been an American Red Cross volunteer and American Heart Association volunteer. His diaconate service will include RCIA, baptism, and youth ministry.
William George Sperl, 50. Deacon Sperl has served in the baptismal preparation program, vacation Bible school, pre-Cana and as an extraordinary minister of Holy Communion during his 14 years in SS. Cyril and Methodius Parish, Deer Park. Married to Catherine for 22 years, he has two sons ages 28 and 16, and two daughters ages 22 and 11. His ministry as a deacon will focus on baptismal preparation and pre-Cana.
David Anthony Vallone, 48. Deacon Vallone, an attorney, has been a member of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish, Lake Ronkonkoma for 25 years. He has been involved in the parish’s RCIA program and youth group, and also has served as a lector. As a deacon, he plans to continue to work in the RCIA program, as well as in marriage preparation, and will also minister at wake services. He and his wife of 20 years, Christine, have an 18-year-old daughter and a 9-year-old son.