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.
Michael Gambardella, who is preparing to be ordained a deacon in 2017, carries the diocesan banner in the opening procession.
The deacon candidates process into St. Agnes Cathedral.
Bishop William Murphy delivers his homily.
The candidates lie prostrate as the assembly prays the Litany of Supplication.
Jose Valdez stands next to the altar as Bishop Murphy reads the ordination prayer.
Bishop William Murphy lays hands on Thomas Quinn.
Deacon James Leopard exchanges the sign of peace with Bishop William Murphy.
Deacon Robert Becker is vested by Msgr. Joseph DeGrocco and Deacon Frank Odin of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish, Lindenhurst.
The new deacons face the altar during the liturgy of the Eucharist.
Deacon David White offers the Communion cup to a fellow deacon.
Deacon Richard Maher smiles as he processes from the cathedral.
Deacon Thomas Quinn exchanges a kiss with his wife Jane.
Deacon Ralph Muscente, Jr. offers a first blessing to his wife, Catherine.
Front row, from left, Deacon Lawrence Faulkenberry, director of deacon personnel, Deacon David and Mary White, Deacon Anthony and Carmel Becker, Deacon Richard and Joanne Maher, Deacon Jose and Beatriz Valdez, Bishop William Murphy, Deacon Ralph and Catherine Muscente, Deacon James and Judith Leopard, Deacon Thomas and Jane Quinn, and Father Gregory Rannazzisi, director of deacon formation. Back row, from left, Auxiliary Bishops Nelson Perez, Robert Brennan, John Dunne and Andrzej Zglejszewski.
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.