The Most Reverend William Murphy, Bishop, Roman Catholic Diocese of Rockville Centre will ordain 14 men to the Diaconate on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 11 a.m., at Saint Agnes Cathedral. The Mass will be broadcast on Telecare, the diocesan television station (Cablevision Channel 29/Verizon FiOS Channel 296).

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 entire Church is called by Christ to serve, and the deacon, in virtue of his sacramental ordination and through his various ministries is to be a servant in a servant-Church.

The 14 men being ordained are:

Rene Orlando Alvarado
St. John of God, Central Islip
Jose Domingo Arevalo
St. Luke, Brentwood
Vincent Joseph Barreca, Jr.
Resurrection, Farmingville
Joseph Frank Bianco
Ronald Edward Federici
Cure of Ars, Merrick
Edward John Karan
Our Lady of the Snow, Blue Point
Frank Louis Kurre
Notre Dame, New Hyde Park
Orlando Alexis Mancilla
St. Luke, Brentwood
Rodolfo Bartolome Martin
St. Aidan, Williston Park
Gregory Thomas Nardone
St. Patrick, Bay Shore
Joseph Eric Oliva
Maria Regina, Seaford
John Salvatore Panzica
St. Gerard Majella, Pt. Jefferson Station
Ralph Joseph Rivera
Holy Cross, Nesconset
William August Weiss
St. Kilian, Farmingdale