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Six ordained to transitional diaconate


Deacons Jospeh Mazzone, William Lohan, Tamiru Atraga, Mark Barr, Arthur MacKay and Paul Sullivan were ordained to the transitional diaconate Feb. 2 at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross. Pilot photo/ Gregory L. Tracy

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SOUTH END -- ‘‘The priest’s deepest identity is that of Christ,” said Cardinal Seán P. O’Malley in his homily at the transitional diaconate ordination of six men on Feb. 2.

Deacons Tamiru Atraga, Mark Barr and William Lohan from St. John’s Seminary and Deacons Arthur MacKay, Joseph Mazzone and Paul Sullivan from Blessed John XXIII National Seminary were ordained at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross. A seventh man, Deacon Joseph Arsenault will join the men for their ordination to the priesthood in May. He was ordained a permanent deacon in 1988 and is studying at Blessed John Seminary.

In the week leading up to the ordination, two priests in the Archdiocese of Boston -- Fathers J. Walter Stocklosa and Daniel Kennedy -- passed away. The cardinal spoke of their passing and the hope represented by the men preparing for priesthood.

Cardinal O’Malley said he was reminded of the book “The Power and the Glory” by British author Graham Greene. At the end of the novel, the last priest in a province of Mexico has been executed, and Catholics in a nearby house are mourning the loss when there is a knock on the door. Outside was another priest who came to serve God’s people.

“This week in our diocese we buried Father Walter, the priest who has been ordained the longest -- 1940, and Father Dan yesterday, another priest who has been ordained the shortest time,” he said. “Yet today we are filled with hope as the Lord sends us new ministers in his Church.”

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