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
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