June 4, 2019

Archbishop Charles J. Chaput to Ordain Seven Men to the Permanent Diaconate

The Ordination Mass will be broadcast via Facebook Live at www.facebook.com/StCharlesSem.

Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap. will ordain seven men to the Permanent Diaconate for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. They have completed six years of formation at Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary.  The Rite of Ordination will take place during Mass following the Liturgy of the Word.

Saturday, June 8, 2019
10:00 a.m.
Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul
18th Street and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, PA 19103

Permanent Deacons are members of the clergy of the Catholic Church. They may be single or married males. As ministers at the altar, permanent deacons assist the priest and bishop at the Liturgy. They proclaim God’s Word, preach and teach, baptize, may witness marriages, carry out funeral rites at the vigil and the grave, administer Holy Communion to the sick and dying, and perform other works of charity. 

Those being ordained are: Melvin Burton Jr., Michael J. Cipressi, Mathew D. Coyne, William J. Griffin, Christopher J. Hilden, Steven M. Javie, and Gary D. Schoenenberger. 

To learn more about the men being ordained to the Permanent Diaconate, please visit http://catholicphilly.com/2019/05/news/local-news/meet-the-men-to-be-ordained-deacons-this-june/  

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Editor’s Note: For more information on the permanent deacons in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia please contact Deacon Michael Pascarella, Jr. at (215) 587-4532.

A press audio/video mult-box clean feed will be provided with multiple HD-SDI video (BNC) and mic/line (XLR) connections. Crews will need a live truck or recording device. Broadcast Media outlets will have parking space in the Archdiocesan Pastoral Center parking lot. The parking lot entrance is located on 17th Street. 



Jhoselyn Martinez
Communications Specialist
215-587-3747 (office)