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Deacon candidate take next step toward ordination

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January 20, 2012

ARCHDIOCESE — Twenty-two men from the Archdiocese of Cincinnati took a major step on their journey to come permanent deacons Jan. 15 when they were instituted as acolytes by Covington Bishop Roger J. Foys at the Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption.

Deacon candidates from the Archdiocese of Cncinnati were instituted as acolytes during a Mass at the Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption in Covington Jan. 15.

They were joined by nine men from the Diocese of Covington who are also in diaconate formation.


During the ceremony, the men were called forward for presentation to Bishop Foys. As acolytes, they will have a special role in church. It is now their responsibility to assist priests and deacons in carrying out their ministry during liturgical celebrations, including preparing the altar and cleansing the vessels after Communion.


The deacon candidates will be ordained in April 2013.


Photos by E.L. Hubbard









The deacon candidates from the archdiocese pose for a photo. Pictured from left in the back row are Kenneth Schnur, Gregory Marx, David Zink, Christopher Rauch, Ralph Gutman, William LeCain and Vincent Lutz. In the next row are Dale DeBrosse, Dennis Berry, Lawrence Gronas, Robert Gutendorf and Michael Leo. In the row with Bishop Roger J. Foys are Michael Brock, Marc Alexander, Henry Jacquez, Daniel Huber, David McCray, John Lyons, Kenneth Stewart and Louis Wong. In front are Barry Mersmann, director of the archdiocesan Diaconate Office, Father Benedict O’Cinnsealaigh, president/rector of the the Athenaeum of Ohio/Mount St. Mary’s Seminary, Father Anthony Brausch, director of permanent deacon formation at the seminary, David Steinwert and William Staun, a former seminarian who has already been instituted.
The deacon candidates congratulate one another after taking the next step on their journey to ordination.


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