Permanent Deacons 2006: Cardinal Seán P. O’Malley, OFM Cap. and the men he ordained on Sept. 9 for service of the archdiocese as permanent deacons at Holy Cross Cathedral. Also joining the class is Deacon Leo J. Donoghue (back, first on left) director of the Office for Permanent Diaconate of the archdiocese. Pilot photo/Gregory L. Tracy
BOSTON — The 16 men ordained to the permanent diaconate at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross on Sept. 9 were encouraged by Cardinal Seán P. O’Malley to create unity in their parishes.
“From the very origins of the diaconate in the New Testament the deacons have the special role in fermenting unity in the Church,” he told the men during the ordination Mass homily. “The Holy Spirit guided the Church to form the diaconate to help to bridge differences and to bring about unity among God’s people.”
The men ordained are Deacons John A. Brent, Francis B. Dello Russo, Paul A. Dow, George M. Gabriel, James F. Greer, Martin W. Henry, John A. Hulme, Jr., Augustine J. Hwang, Paul A. Lewis, Williams F. Maloney, Daniel C. Nelson, Hon H. Nguyen, Christopher P. Reilly, Carl M. Roberts, Jr., Guy C. St. Sauveur and Richard Seibert, Sr.
In his homily, Cardinal O’Malley painted a picture of deacons throughout Church history being called to a life of sacrifice and dedication. Deacons must be living examples of the virtues of love, humility, generosity and obedience. They must be good husbands and fathers as well as “heralds of the Sacrament of Marriage,” especially now when the family is in crisis, he said.
In order to do all of these things, they must first cultivate an intimate relationship with Christ and be men of prayer, he added.