Bishop Barres Ordains 5 Men to Permanent Diaconate

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Most Reverend John O. Barres, Bishop, Roman Catholic Diocese of Rockville Centre ordained five men to the Permanent Diaconate on Saturday, May 19, 2018 at 11 a.m., in Saint Agnes Cathedral.

A deacon is a member of the clergy and an ordained minister of the Catholic Church.  There are three groups, or “orders,” of ordained ministers in the Church: bishops, presbyters and deacons.  Deacons are ordained as a sacramental sign to the Church and to the world of Christ, who came “to serve and not to be served.”  The entire Church is called by Christ to serve, and the deacon, in virtue of his sacramental ordination and through his various ministries is to be a servant in a servant-Church.

The five men ordained are:

Jose Manuel Bueno
Church of St. Martha, Uniondale

John Douglas Horn
Church of St. James, Seaford

Philip Eugene Savarese
Church of St. Anthony, Oceanside

Matthew Thomas John Surico
Church of St. Thomas More, Hauppauge

Michael Thomas Whitcomb
Church of St. Patrick, Huntington


Front Row (Left to Right):
Deacons Jose Manuel Bueno, John Douglas Horn, Bishop Barres, Philip Eugene Savarese, Matthew Thomas John Surico and Michael Thomas Whitcomb
Second Row: Rev. Walter Kedjievski, Rev. Edward Sheridan, Bishop Robert Brennan, Bishop Andrzej Zglejszewski, Rev. Richard Henning

Bishop Barres referred to para 688 of the Catechism of the Catholic Church in his sermon for the ordination mass saying that it is fitting on this this day, coming as it does just before the Feast of Pentacost, that the Holy Spirit is very much a part of the ritual of deacon ordination. He emphasized the many aspects of service which a deacon performs, all with the help and guidance of the Holy Spirit, to preach the gospel in word and deed, to minister at Baptisms, witness vows during weddings, distribute the Holy Eucharist, minister to the sick and give Viaticum, and console families and pray for the dead at funeral services.

688 The Church, a communion living in the faith of the apostles which she transmits, is the place where we know the Holy Spirit:
– in the Scriptures he inspired;
– in the Tradition, to which the Church Fathers are always timely witnesses;
– in the Church’s Magisterium, which he assists;
– in the sacramental liturgy, through its words and symbols, in which the Holy Spirit puts us into communion with Christ;
– in prayer, wherein he intercedes for us;
– in the charisms and ministries by which the Church is built up;
– in the signs of apostolic and missionary life;
– in the witness of saints through whom he manifests his holiness and continues the work of salvation.