Archbishop Nelson Perez ordained six men permanent deacons for service in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia during a Mass Saturday, June 11 at the Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul. They are Deacons William J. Barrow, Peter J. Dolan, Alan T. Haley, Joseph V. Hosack Jr., J. Scott McDonald and Thomas A. Strohmetz.

As ministers at the altar, permanent deacons assist the priest and bishop in liturgies. As ordained Catholic clergy, they proclaim God’s Word, preach and teach, baptize, witness marriages, lead funeral rites, administer Holy Communion to the sick and dying, and perform works of charity in the community. See profiles of the newly ordained deacons here. (Photos by Sarah Webb)