Bishop John Barres ordained 13 men to the transitional diaconate for the Dioceses of Rockville Centre and Brooklyn, the Archdiocese of New York and South Korea’s Diocese of Daejeon on Saturday, November 3 at St Joseph’s Seminary, Yonkers.

The Ordination to the Transitional Diaconate is the last major step before each man’s ordination to the priesthood next year.

During the Mass, the candidates for ordination were presented and Bishop Barres laid his hands on each man’s head, blessed their hands and gave them the Book of the Gospels, instructing each of them, “Receive the Gospel of Christ, whose herald you have become. Believe what you read, teach what you believe, and practice what you teach.”

The Diocese of Rockville Centre’s new deacons are Deacons Cody Bobick, Matthew Browne, Kenneth Grooms, Nelson Marquez and Roger Velasquez.

Below is a gallery of highlights from the day. Ed Casey photos.