Archbishop Charles Chaput ordained seven men to the permanent diaconate Saturday, June 7 in the Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul, Philadelphia. Accompanied by their wives and joined in the congregation by family and friends, the men hail from across the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and will begin their service as ordained clergy in parishes of the archdiocese. See their assignments here, and read brief bios of the men here. See video from the ordination here.(Photos by Sarah Webb)
The newly ordained deacons are invested with their stole and dalmatic, the liturgical vestments of a deacon, during the ordination rite.
Archbishop Chaput prays over, from left, deacon candidates Joseph W. Bernauer Jr., E. Michael Cuff, Willliam J. Moser, John J. Nucero, Francis X. Phillips, Thomas E. Shurer and James Toth.
The deacon candidates lie prostrate on the cathedral floor during the prayers of the Litany of Saints.
Bishop Timothy Senior (far right), rector of St. Charles Borromeo Seminary where the deacon candidates studied during their formation, presents them to the archbishop for ordination.
(Photo by Sarah Webb)
Newly ordained Deacon Thomas Shurer serves as deacon of the Eucharist during the ordination Mass.
Deacon Francis X. Phillips exchanges a fraternal kiss with Archbishop Chaput during the sign of peace at Mass.
Archbishop Chaput lays hands on John Nucero, ordaining him a deacon.
Archbishop Chaput presents to Deacon William J. Moser the Book of the Gospels.
Michael Cuff is ordained a permanent deacon by the archbishop.
Deacon Joseph W. Bernauer Jr. makes the promises of his ordination to Archbishop Chaput.