Ordination Update: 9 New Deacons for Fall River

The Deacon's Bench | 5/20/2019 | Staff
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Ordination season is now in full swing!

The press release:

Bishop - Edgar - M - Da - Cunha

Bishop Edgar M. da Cunha, S.D.V., will ordain nine men to the Permanent Diaconate for service in the Fall River Diocese on Saturday, May 18, 2019 at 11 a.m. in the Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Assumption in Fall River.

The deacon candidates come from various areas of the diocese. All work full-time in a variety of occupations, and, with the exception of one, all are married and have children.

Members - Class - Deacons - Fall - River

They are members of the ninth class to be ordained as permanent deacons in the Fall River diocese, which encompasses Southeastern Massachusetts, Cape Cod and the Islands.

Those to be ordained are Richard J. Bisson, Sr., Corpus Christi Parish, East Sandwich; Keith R. Caldwell, Our Lady of Victory Parish, Centerville; Gary L. Donahue, Holy Cross Parish, Easton; Kevin P. Gingras, Holy Family Parish, East Taunton; David O. Harum, St. Vincent de Paul Parish, Attleboro; George E. Hults, Corpus Christi Parish, East Sandwich; Antonio M. Pimental Jr., St. Francis Xavier Parish, Acushnet; Paul D. Spearin, St. Ann Parish, Raynham; and Matthew T. Sweeney, St. Theresa of the Child Jesus Parish, Attleboro.

Ordination - Years

They have been preparing for their ordination for the past five years.

“It has been a wonderful experience to witness the growth, joy and enthusiasm of the men in diaconate formation over the past five years,” said Father Robert A. Oliveira, who along with Deacon Frank R. Lucca is a co-director of the Permanent Diaconate in the Diocese.

Waters - Preparation - Road - Discernment - Process

“Navigating the waters of theological, spiritual and personal preparation has been demanding and the road of discernment is a lifelong process.”

“Service is the call, and I am confident that each of our new deacons has a heart filled with a deep sense of love and commitment to the Lord and His church,” said Father Oliveira.

Demanding - Times

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