Fourteen permanent deacons to be ordained

Fourteen new candidates will be ordained to the permanent diaconate Sept. 18 by Archbisop Seán P. O’Malley at 10 a.m. at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross in Boston’s South End. Having completed four years in the formation program, the 14 deacons will begin ministering in parishes throughout the Archdiocese of Boston. The faculties of a deacon in the archdiocese include baptizing, preaching, serving as a deacon at Masses, distributing Communion, imparting blessings, officiating at marriages, leading prayers at wakes and officiating at burial services. The new deacons’ assignments are expected to be announced at the ordination ceremony.

Those being ordained on Sept. 18 are:

Paul F. Bankowski and his wife Rita have four children: Lelsie, Paul, Lisa, Carolyn. They are parishioners of St. Christine, Marshfield. He is the son of the late Stanley and Frances Bankowski. He completed his undergraduate degree at Boston College in 1981. He served as member of the Boston Police Department from which he is now retired.

Stephen M. Buttrick and his wife Eileen are the parents of two children: Nicole and Daniel. His father was the late Warren Buttrick and his mother Dorothy Barry lives to see her son ordained a deacon. The Buttricks were parishioners of the recently suppressed St. Albert the Great Parish in Weymouth. Before entering the formation program for the permanent diaconate, Stephen completed his BSBA degree at Eastern Nazarene College in 1997. He is employed as an are manager for Brueggers Bakers.

Philip T. DiBello is married to Debra and they are proud parents of four daughters and one son: Stephanie, Sara, Anthony, Samantha, Sophia. The family resides in St. Theresa of Lisieux Parish in Billerica. Philip’s parents are Andrew and Elizabeth DiBello. He and his wife are alumni of Dartmouth College and he is currently employed by Brook Trout Technology.

Raymond E. Doucette and his wife Paulette are the parents of two daughters: Jane and Julie. Residents of Amesbury they are members of Holy Family Parish. Both of Raymond’s parents, Albert and Kathleen are deceased. He completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth in 1967 and is currently employed by Sanborn Electrical.

Philip A. LaFond and his wife Rita are the proud parents of three sons: Christopher, Richard, Philip, Jr. Residents of the “Boxer City” they are parishioners at St. Patrick Parish, Brockton. Both of Phil’s parents Wilfred and Gertrude are deceased. He completed his education at the American Institute of Banking ands is presently employed as a Parish Business Manager.

Roland E. Leduc is married to Sandra and they are the parents of Andrew and Katie. The Leduc’s are parishioners of St. Michael Parish, Lowell, where Roland is currently the Custodial Manager. A graduate of Lowell Vocational Technical School in 1983 he is the son of Paul Leduc and Joanne Craig.

Joseph E. MacDonald and his wife Luanne are the parents of Catherine and Benjamin, the family calls St. John the Baptist in Quincy the home parish.

Joseph’s Father Angus is deceased, his mother Rita will enjoy the ordination of her son. He completed his education at the Boston Conservatory of Music and currently is employed as a parish music director.

Stephen M. Papik and his wife Elizabeth are the parents of Michael and Susan. They are parishioners at Holy Trinity Parish in Lowell and both of Stephen’s parents: Zoltan and Michaeline are deceased. Before entering the formation program for the permanent diaconate Stephen received his BSBA at the University of Massachusetts at Lowell. He recently retired from many years of service with the Social Security Administration.

John B. Pierce and his wife Katherine are the parents of three sons: Shane, Keith, Patrick; the busy parish of St. Monica, Methuen is their home parish.

John is the son of Elizabeth Pierce and the late Robert Pierce. He received his BA from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 1970 and his M.Ed. in 1980 from the then Boston State College. He is presently a teacher in the North Andover school department.

Thomas W. Robinson and his wife Priscilla have two children: William and Heather. Also residents of Brokcton, they are parishioners at Our Lady of Lourdes parish there. Both his father Otho and his mother Idonia are deceased. He is currently employed by Draper Laboratory.

Reynold G. Spadoni and his wife Laura are the proud parents of two daughters: Nicole and Stephanie and one son: Joseph. Resdients of Walpole they are parishioners of Blessed Sacrament Parish. Reynold’s parents are Edward and Norma Spadoni. Employed by the Neighborhood Health Program, Reynold graduated with a BA from the College of the Holy Cross in 1983 and with an MBA from Boston University in 1986.

Richard T. Vaughan and his wife Janice are the parents of two daughters: Nicole and Erin. The family calls St. Edward the Confessor, Medfield its home parish. Both of Richard’s parents, George and Christine are deceased and he is presently employed by the GV&Y Insurance Agency.

Paul Vitale and his wife Helen are the parents of two sons: Eric and Sean. Residents of Wakefield they are parishioners of St. Florence Parish.

Paul’s’ parents are Vito and Mary Vitale. He completed his undergraduate degree at Oneonta State in 1978 and was granted an MBA from the Long Island University in 1983. He is presently employed at Whidden Memorial Hospital, Everett.

Raymond A. Wheeler and wife, Claire, have one son, Gregory, and one daughter, Christa. The family claims the vibrant St. Catherine of Alexandria, Westford as its home parish. Ralph and Cecile Wheeler, Raymond’s parents, are both deceased. Raymond obtained his BA from St. Anselm College in 1963 and a Masters Degree in Natural Sciences from WPI in 1966. He recently retired after many years of employment at Digital Equipment Corporation.

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