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Deacon Robert Kozlowski, a Deacon of the Archdiocese, died on Wednesday, October 19, 2022 at the age of 76. Deacon Bob was ordained by Archbishop Daniel Pilarczyk for the Archdiocese of Cincinnati on September 28, 1991. He was assigned to St. Adalbert Catholic Church, Dayton, upon his ordination. He also …

On Oct. 15, Deacon Susano Mascorro of St. Helen Church in Riverside celebrates 50 years as a permanent deacon. His journey of faith began in the Diocese of San Antonio in 1972, when he became one of the first deacons ordained in the U.S. “I grew up in Laredo, Texas, …

Deacon Paul Richardson, a Deacon of the Archdiocese, died on Sunday, August 7, 2022 at the age of 87. Deacon Paul was ordained with the very first ordination class in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, on September 25, 1976. He was assigned to St. Paul Catholic Church, Yellow Springs, upon his …

Twenty-one men from the Archdiocese of Cincinnati were ordained to the diaconate on April 23, 2022 at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Peter in Chains. Deacons Bradley Feltz, Brian Seibert, Stephen Hughes, Carlos Soto, Patrick Blenman, Osagie Victor Obasuyi, Jonathan Jergens, Mark Danis, Jeffrey Stephens, Doug Moore, Isaiah Callan, Kelly …

Deacon John Gobbi, a Deacon of the Archdiocese, died on Tuesday April 12, 2022 at his home in Fort Myers, Florida, where he was living with his granddaughter. He was 90 years old. Deacon John was ordained on June 22, 1985 and has served the Archdiocese for thirty-six years. His …

The new permanent deacon class will be ordained on April 23 at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Peter in Chains in downtown Cincinnati. As a one of the 14 men in this class (and four others from the Diocese of Covington), I know the reasons that called each of us …

March 2 Ash Wednesday Readings: Jl 2:12-18, 51:3-4, 5-6ab, 12-13, 14 and 17, 2 Cor 5:20—6:2, Mt 6:1-6, 16-18 Invitation to Prayer: “Take care not to perform righteous deeds in order that people may see them; otherwise, you will have no recompense from your heavenly Father.” (Mt 6:1) Reflection: Ash …

Deacon John R. Collins, a Deacon of the Archdiocese, died on Saturday, April 9, 2022, following an short illness. He was 79 years old. Deacon John was ordained April 28, 2007 by Archbishop Daniel E. Pilarczyk. He was assigned to St. Joseph and St. Raphael parishes in Springfield upon ordination. …

Deacon Elmer H. Fischesser, a Deacon of the Archdiocese, died on Thursday, October 14, 2021, following an eight-month illness. He was 77 years old. Deacon Elmer was ordained June 20, 1987 by Archbishop Daniel E. Pilarczyk. His first assignment was at the New Jerusalem Community in Cincinnati. He completed an …

When was the deacon’s role introduced in the Church, and how is it different from that of the priest? The deacon’s role (from the Greek word diakonia, meaning “service”) developed in the early Church. Deacons exercised a ministry of service and shared in Holy Orders, by which certain men are …