Eleven men of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia were formally were accepted as candidates in the permanent deacon formation program during a Mass Sept. 12 at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary.
The candidates, who will continue studies toward eventual ordination as deacons in the church, included Joseph P. Boyle, Gerald J. Cassidy, Henry C. Fila, Franz N. Fruehwald, Matthew A. Horvath, Gregg W. Hoyer, James V. Nash, Diep T. Nguyen, Mark D. Nowakowski, Paul F. Stoyell-Mulholland and Thomas N. Verna.
Bishop Timothy C. Senior, rector of the seminary, led the rite and was the main celebrant of the Mass in Immaculate Conception Chapel. Concelebrants included Father Patrick Brady, dean of the school of diaconal formation, plus pastors and priest friends of the candidates. (Photos by Sarah Webb)