Five men… a single calling: to serve God and His church through “tasks of practical charity”. And so we welcome these five men who have answered that call — “welcome, brothers!”
“I have called you friends, because I have told you everything I have heard from my Father. It was not you who chose me, but I who chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit that will remain, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name he may give you. This I command you: love one another.”
Robert Burke, Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Syracuse
Dare Dutter, Holy Cross, DeWitt
Paul Lehmann, St. Mary, Hamilton
David Losito, St. Margaret, Mattydale
Mark Shiner, Newman Center at Colgate Univ, Hamilton
Eight men… a single calling: to serve God and His church through “tasks of practical charity”. And so we welcome these eight who have answered that call–”welcome, brothers!”
The emotions ran deep as each was ordained to the order of Permanent Deacon. Outside the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, family, friends and dozens of well-wishers gathered to congratulate our new deacons. These men and their wives completed a rigorous 6 years of preparation and formation.
Today, they entered their ministries with full hearts and a commitment to service that was clear to the hundreds who participated in the Ordination Mass. They join over sixty deacons whose outreach encompass ministries in health care, for the elderly, schools, community programs for those in need and prisons. They are preaching the Gospel news in word and deed each day in communities throughout the Diocese of Syracuse.