Bishop William Murphy ordained seven men to the diaconate on Saturday, May 28, in the Cathedral of Saint Agnes, Rockville Centre. See slideshow below.

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 newly ordained are: Jose Bienvenido Valdez, St. John of God, Central Islip;  Jim Ennis Leopard, St. Rosalie, Hampton Bays; Richard Pius Maher, Our Lady of Lourdes, West Islip; Robert Anthony Becker, Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Lindenhurst; David Joseph White, Holy Family Church, Hicksville; Ralph Joseph Muscente, St. Christopher, Baldwin and Thomas Joseph Quinn,  St. Patrick, Bay Shore.

Photos courtesy of Gregory A. Shemitz and the Diocese of Rockville Centre Catholic Ministries Appeal.

Short bios of our new deacons were featured in the April edition of The Long Island Catholic magazine.  If you missed it, you can read it here.