Archbishop Nelson Perez ordained nine men transitional deacons, including six for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, during a Mass on Saturday, May 8 at the Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul. The six deacons for Philadelphia were Andrew J. Auletta, Sang Woo Chi, Henry F. Graebe, Andrew F. Lane, Ryan Nguyen and Roneld Saint Louis. Deacon Lane hopes that after his priestly ordination and three years of service for the Philadelphia Archdiocese, he will minister as a U.S. Navy chaplain for the Archdiocese of the Military Services.

The other three deacons were Nobel Pathang of the Diocese of Mymensingh, Bangladesh; Pramod Ranjuna Perera of the Archdiocese of Colombo, Sri Lanka; Mihindukulasooriya Marlon Rashmika Vass of the Archdiocese of Colombo, Sri Lanka.

All the deacons will be ordained priests after a year of further study and service in parishes. (Photos by Bradley Digital)