Bishop John Barres ordained five men to the Permanent Diaconate for the Diocese of Rockville Centre on Saturday, May 19, at Saint 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 (priests) 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 five men ordained are: José Manuel Bueno, Church of St. Martha, Uniondale; John Douglas Horn, Church of St. James, Seaford; Philip Eugene Savarese, Church of St. Anthony, Oceanside; Matthew Thomas John Surico, Church of St. Thomas More, Hauppauge, and Michael Thomas Whitcomb, Church of St. Patrick, Huntington.

Photos by Ed Casey.


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