PROVIDENCE — Bishop Thomas J. Tobin, through the Imposition of Hands and the Invocation of the Holy Spirit, will ordain nine men to the Sacred Order of Deacons at the Cathedral of SS. Peter and Paul on Saturday, Oct. 24 at 10 a.m. The candidates began their formation for the Permanent Diaconate in October 2016.
As ministers of the altar, permanent deacons may proclaim the Gospel, prepare the altar for Mass and distribute the Body and Blood of Christ to members of the Church.
Permanent Deacons may also preside over communal prayer, administer baptism, assist at and bless marriages, distribute holy Communion to the sick and dying and conduct funeral rites of the Church.
The ordinandi are: Mr. Brian B. Callahan, Mr. Joseph J. Clossick, Mr. Joseph J. Day, Mr. Jason A. Gardner, Mr. David E. Gillis, Mr. Alexander J. Marchetti, Mr. John M. Regan, Mr. Oscar M. Rivas and Mr. Steven R. Valliere.
Due to health and safety requirements, the Ordination will not be open to the public; a ticket is needed for admittance. The celebration will be available for viewing via live stream by clicking here.