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The Office of the Permanent Diaconate prepares the candidate during his process toward ordination and helps coordinate ongoing formation and assignments after ordination. The ordained deacon is essential to the liturgical and social life of the Diocesan Church.

The Call to Diaconate
Who do you know who is hearing the call to serve the Lord in the Church as a Permanent Deacon . . . maybe you?  God continues to call men between the ages of 32 and 59 to participate in service ministry to God’s people in the Diaconate.

Office of the Diaconate
925 S. Logan Boulevard
Hollidaysburg, PA 16648

 

Deacon Michael L. Russo
Director of the Permanent Diaconate
Hollidaysburg Office Phone: (814) 693-9870 — Ext. 2669
Johnstown Office Phone: (814) 288-3036
Cell Phone for Deacon Michael: (814) 241-0576
Deacon Michael’s E-mail: Michael.Russo@atlanticbb.net

 

Joan Noonan
Office of the Permanent Diaconate
Office Phone: (814) 693-9870
Joan Noonan’s E-mail: jnoonan@dioceseaj.org


DIACONATE RETREAT 2018
Antiochian Village Conference Center

DIACONATE ORDINATION

[Photo (left to right):  Father Mark Reid, Administrator of Most Holy Trinity Parish in Huntingdon; Deacon Roth; Bishop Mark; Deacon Conner;
Father Thaddeus Rettger, OSB, Pastor of Saint Bernard Parish in Hastings; and Deacon Michael Russo, Director of the Permanent Diaconate.]

Bishop Mark ordained Christopher Conner and John Roth to the Permanent Diaconate on May 26 at the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament in Altoona.
 
Deacon Christopher is a member of Saint Bernard Parish in Hastings and Deacon John is a member of Most Holy Trinity Parish in Huntingdon.  The Bishop has appointed both men to Diaconal Service at their respective parishes.
 
Bishop Mark in the his homily noted that The Order of Deacon is inseparable oriented toward the ministry of the word and the ministry of service.
 
“The kind of preacher you will be depends on the way your follow the example of the Lord Jesus who came not to be served, but to serve; to lay down his life so that others may have God’s life in them,” he advised.  “That’s what is at stake when you hear the words of the ordination ceremony, ‘Believe what you read, teach what you believe, and practice what you teach’.”
Continued Bishop Mark:  “John and Chris, thank you for taking the risk to trust in the Holy Spirit, to listen to the Church, and to respond to the people who ask ‘What kind of preacher are you today and the rest of your life?”
 
Continued Bishop Mark:  “John and Chris, thank you for taking the risk to trust in the Holy Spirit, to listen to the Church, and to respond to the people who ask ‘What kind of preacher are you today and the rest of your life?”

Deacon Chris and  Deacon John:  Congratulations on your ordination.  We pray that God will bless you as you begin your ministry as a deacon. 
May the Holy Spirit shine on you as you serve the community of God’s people.

CONTINUING EDUCATION AND ONGOING FORMATION CLASSES

For a complete list of classes offered, class information and registration forms visit:

www.dioceseaj.org/lay-ecclesial-ministry

These courses offer an excellent opportunity for ongoing formation and all costs are covered by the Diaconate.

Please note that a registration form still needs to be filled out and submitted to The Office of Lay Ecclesial Ministry prior to the start of the class.

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