Seven men will be ordained permanent deacons by Archbishop Charles J. Chaput for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia on Saturday, June 8 at 10 a.m. at the Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul, Philadelphia.

All the faithful are invited to attend the ordination Mass and to pray for the men as they become ordained clergy in the archdiocese.

Learn more about the diaconate program in the archdiocese here.



Melvin Burton Jr. is a member of St. Martin de Porres Parish in Philadelphia. He lives with his wife Monica, and have three children, Melvin 3rd, Sherice and grandchild Sariyah. Melvin is currently a department manager at Acme Markets.




Michael J. Cipressi is a member of St. Philip Neri Parish in Lafayette Hill where he resides with his wife Catherine. They have two children, Grace and Nora.  Michael holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology from St. Joseph’s University and a master’s degree in social work from Columbia University. He is self-employed as a clinical social worker.



Matthew D. Coyne is a member of St. Joseph Parish in Downingtown. He and his wife Lisa have seven children, Brendan, Brittany, Francesca, Caelan, Arianna, Alana and Kiernan. He has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Vermont. He is a merger and acquisition advisor at Brandywine Mergers & Acquisitions, LLC.



William J. Griffin is a member of St. Anselm Parish in Philadelphia where he resides with his wife Kristin and two children, William and Estella. He received his degree in environmental management and technology at Rochester Institute of Technology. He is employed at ZVRS as an account manager.



Christopher J. Hilden is a member of St. Anastasia Parish in Newtown Square where he resides with his wife Karen and their four children, Thomas, Jonathan, Joshua and Amanda. He attended Penn State Erie where he received his bachelor’s degree in management information systems and has received a master’s degree from the University of Massachusetts. He is employed as a systems analyst at Wawa Inc.



Steven M. Javie is a member of St. Andrew Parish in Newtown where he resides with his wife Mary-ellen. Steven graduated from Temple University with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. He has retired as a referee from the National Basketball Association and now works part time as a referee analyst for ESPN/ABC during NBA telecasts.



Gary D. Schoenenberger is a member of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Parish in Hilltown where he resides with his wife, Patricia. They have one child, Marie Forney. He holds a Bachelor of Technology degree in electrical engineering from the University of Dayton. He is employed as an IT engineer at Haverford College.