Jesuits ordained deacons by Cardinal O’Malley
Friday, October 18th, 2013
Archbishop of Boston, Cardinal Seán O’Malley, OFM.Cap., ordained nine men to the order of the diaconate on October 12 at the Jesuit parish, St. Ignatius of Loyola in Chestnut Hill, Mass.
Among the nine ordinands, eight were Jesuits including two Jesuits from the New England Province: Mario Powell and Thomas Simisky. Also ordained was one member of the Redemptorist order.
The newly ordained deacons are:
Newly ordained Jesuit deacons with Fr. Jim Gartland, SJ, rector of the Peter Faber Jesuit community at Boston College School of Theology and Ministry.
+ Christopher P. Johnson, S.J.
+Robert E. Murphy, S.J.
+Mario M. Powell, S.J.
+Michael D. Rozier, S.J.
+Samuel J. Sawyer, S.J.
+Paul J. Shelton, S.J.
+Thomas M. Simisky, S.J.
+David K. Verghese, C.Ss.R
+Nathan C. Wendt, S.J.
The nine new deacons were ordained as part of their formation to become priests in their religious order. Roman Catholic deacons are ordained to assist the Bishop and his Presbyterate as ministers of the word, of the altar, and of charity. They are authorized to proclaim the Word of God, to preach, and to preside at the sacraments of Baptism and Marriage and at the Rite of Christian Burial.
To learn more about Jesuit vocations and formation, visit www.JesuitVocation.org.
Archbishop of Boston, Cardinal Seán O’Malley, OFM.Cap., celebrated the Mass of ordination at St. Ignatius Church