Nine men took their first step toward ordination as permanent deacons in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia as they received the rite of candidacy on Saturday, Sept. 27 in Immaculate Conception Chapel at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary. Accepted as candidates in the formation program, the men will in subsequent years receive the ministries of reader and acolyte before ordination as deacons in four years. Auxiliary Bishop John McIntyre presided at the liturgy concelebrated by priest faculty of the seminary and pastors of the candidates. (Photos by Sarah Webb)

The following men received the rite:

Michael J. Cipressi, St. Philip Neri Parish, Lafayette Hill
Matthew D. Coyne, St. Joseph Parish, Downingtown
William J. Griffin, St. Anselm Parish, Philadelphia
James P. Hayes, St. Charles Borromeo Parish, Drexel Hill
Christopher J. Hilden, St. Anastasia Parish, Newtown Square
Steven M. Javie, St. Andrew Parish, Newtown
Joseph Paesani, St. Pius X Parish, Broomall
Gary D. Schoenenberger, Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Parish, Hilltown
Edward M. Twiss, St. Peter Parish, West Brandywine


James P. Hayes and Steven M. Javie listen to the Gospel

Michael J. Cipressi and James P. Hayes listen to the Gospel




Calling of Aspirants- Matthew D. Coyne and
Michael J. Cipressi

Calling of Aspirants- Edward M. Twiss and Steven M. Javie

Calling of Aspirants- Christopher J. Hidlen and James P. Hayes


Calling of Aspirants- William J. Griffin

Calling of Aspirants- William J. Griffin,
Gary D. Schoenenberger,
Edward M. Twiss,
Steven M. Javie,
Christopher J. Hidlen,
James P. Hayes,
Matthew D. Coyne,
Michael J. Cipressi

Examination and Acceptance of the Candidates

Edward M. Twiss


Christopher J. Hidlen

Matthew D. Coyne

Gary D. Schoenenberger

Steven M. Javie

James P. Hayes

Liturgy of the Eucharist

Edward M. Twiss and Christopher J. Hidlen offer each other a sign of peace