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23 men ordained as Deacons April 27
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Deacon ordination

Candidates for the deaconate lay prostrate during their ordination at Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception in Dayton April 27. (CT Photo/Jeff Unroe)

Staff Report

Cincinnati Archbishop Dennis M. Schnurr ordained 20 permanent deacons and three transitional deacons for the Archdiocese of Cincinnati Saturday, April 27 at Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception Parish.

A permanent deacon is a man, either married or single, who is ordained to the order of deacon, one of three ranks in ordained ministry — the other two being priest and bishop.

A transitional deacon is a man who has been ordained a deacon but is continuing on the path to priesthood. A man must be a deacon before he can be a priest or bishop. The three transitional deacons ordained April 27 were Rev. Mr. Andrew P. Cordonnier, St. Remy, Russia; Rev. Mr. Brian W. Phelps, St. Ann, Groesbeck, and Rev. Mr. James J. Riehle, St. Gertrude, Madeira and St. Columban, Loveland.

The Diaconate Office announced that Archbishop Schnurr has made the following parish assignments for the newly ordained permanent deacons effective immediately:

Deacon Marc A. Alexander (Barbara)
Our Lady of the Visitation, Cincinnati

Deacon Dennis J. Berry (Norma)
Good Shepherd, Cincinnati

Deacon Michael H. Brock (Ann)
St. Columban, Loveland

Deacon Dale J. De Brosse (Deborah)
Precious Blood, Dayton; St. Rita, Dayton; St. Paul, Englewood

Deacon Lawrence D. Gronas (Diane)
Holy Name, Trenton

Deacon Robert W. Gutendorf (Susan)
St. Peter, Huber Heights

Deacon Ralph M. Gutman (Mary)
Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception, Dayton

Deacon Henry L. Jacquez (Elizabeth)
Holy Trinity, Norwood

Deacon William K. LeCain (Nancy)
St. Luke, Beavercreek

Deacon Michael J. Leo (Therese)
Holy Trinity, Dayton

Deacon Vincent T. Lutz (Patricia)
St. John the Baptist, Dry Ridge

Deacon John T. Lyons (Linda)
Holy Family, Middletown

Deacon David M. McCray (Eileen)
St. Peter, Huber Heights

Deacon Christopher A. Rauch (Joan)
St. Francis of Assisi, Centerville

Deacon Kenneth R. Schnur (Carole)
St. John the Baptist, Dry Ridge

Deacon William J. Staun
Holy Trinity, Norwood

Deacon David P. Steinwert (Sherry)
St. Teresa of Avila, Cincinnati

Deacon Kenneth R. Stewart (Cecilia)
St. Augustine, Germantown

Deacon Louis F. Wong (Mary Kay)
St. Susanna, Mason

Deacon  David E. Zink (Rhonda)
St. Albert the Great, Kettering