Diocese of Rockville Centre

ROCKVILLE CENTRE - Bishop William Murphy will ordain twelve men as permanent deacons for the Diocese of Rockville Centre at a ceremony on Saturday, May 22 at 11 a.m. at St. Agnes Cathedral here. Each of the men has completed two years in the Pastoral Formation Institute and three years of study at the Seminary of the Immaculate Conception in Huntington.

Those to be ordained and their parishes are:

David C. Campbell - St. Gertrude, Bayville
Stephen Gil Soo Choi - St. Aloysius, Great Neck
James G. Dillon - St. Patrick, Bay Shore
Christopher J. Ervin - St. Rosalie, Hampton Bays
Charles R. Goldburg - St. Joachim, Cedarhurst
Francisco Gonzalez - St. Catherine of Sienna, Franklin Square
Charles R. Kammerer - St. James, Seaford
Robert A. Kruse - Infant Jesus, Port Jefferson
John R. O’Connor - St. Anthony, Oceanside
Wayne T. Padula - St. James, Setauket
Carl E. Sanfilipo - St. Andrew, Sag Harbor
Donald A. Stamm - St. Agnes Cathedral, Rockville Centre

The diaconate is a permanent vocation and is not a step in preparation for the priesthood. Like priests, deacons receive the Sacrament of Holy Orders and are members of the clergy.

The men ordained this year will be able to preach at Sunday Mass on a regular basis. They can also administer the Sacrament of Baptism and preside at weddings. They can officiate at prayers for the Commendation of the Dead, wake and burial services as well as other forms of liturgical prayer, including Benediction of the Most Blessed Sacrament. They cannot celebrate Mass or administer the Sacraments of Penance, Confirmation or the Anointing of the Sick.

While a permanent deacon can be married or single, many are married. A widowed or single man who is ordained a permanent deacon makes a life-long promise of celibacy. A married deacon whose wife dies cannot marry without a dispensation.

The majority of deacons continue in their secular occupations and serve in their ministry in their free time. Some, however, are full-time members of parish staffs or institutions. The 248 deacons currently active in the Rockville Centre Diocese minister in 103 parishes as well as serving in hospital and prison ministries.

Short biographies of those who are being ordained in the Diocese of Rockville Centre follow.

David C. Campbell works in the food industry and is a professional chef. He looks forward to working with the outreach and baptismal preparation programs as well as the Ministry of Consolation at his parish of St. Gertrude’s in Bayville and enjoys fishing and art in his spare time.

The father of five and grandfather of nine, Mr. Campbell has also raised six foster children. He and his wife Barbara Ann live in Huntington Station.

Stephen Gil Soo Choi was born and educated in Korea, and currently works in the field of international import and export trading. An active member of his parish of St. Aloysius in Great Neck and the Korean community, Mr. Choi has an interest in fine art.

He lives in New Hyde Park with his wife Natalia. They have three children.

James G. Dillon is a sports enthusiast who worked as a detective in the New York City Police Department for 20 years. A graduate of Deer Park High School who attended Molloy and C. W. Post Colleges, Mr. Dillon looks forward to working with the sick and the poor as a deacon at the parish of St. Patrick’s in Bay Shore.

He and his wife Toniann live in Northport.

Christopher J. Ervin, the business manager at Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary parish in Southampton, is an active member of his parish and community. He serves as a Lector, Youth Minister and Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion at St. Rosalie’s in Hampton Bays, has volunteered as a fireman for 19 years, and is a member of the Knights of Columbus and the Holy Name Society. In his spare time, Mr. Ervin enjoys reading, bird watching and sports.

He and his wife, Patricia have two children. They live in Hampton Bays.

Charles R. Goldburg is a principal law clerk in the court of claims. A graduate of Swarthmore College and Fordham Law School, Mr. Goldburg looks forward to working with the Pre-Cana and RCIA programs as a deacon at his parish, St. Joachim’s His hobbies include reading and sports.

He lives in Cedarhurst with his wife Bonnie. They have three children.

Francisco Gonzalez is an attorney who has been active on his parish council as well as working with the RCIA and religious education programs at his home parish of St. Catherine of Sienna. Mr. Gonzalez is a graduate of Springfield College and the University of Pennsylvania Law School. He enjoys theatre, singing and sports.

He and his wife, Karen, live with their three sons in Franklin Square.

Charles R. Kammerer found his calling to the diaconate through his involvement in his home parish of St. James in Seaford but has asked to serve at Cure of Ars in Merrick which is assigned only one priest. He looks forward to working with the Infant Baptismal program as a deacon there. An airframe structural design engineer, Mr. Kammerer’s hobby is selling collectibles and antiques on the internet.

He lives in Bethpage with his wife, Tara, and their five children.

Robert A. Kruse is a lector and a participant in the religious education and youth ministry programs at his home parish of Infant Jesus in Port Jefferson and plans to continue that work after his ordination.

An electrical engineer, Mr. Kruse enjoys sailing, skiing and spending time with his wife, Karen, and their four children. They live in Port Jefferson Station.

John R. O’Connor has worked in the Nassau County Sheriff’s Department for 20 years. As a deacon in his parish of St. Anthony’s in Oceanside Mr. O’Connor looks forward to working with the RCIA program and youth ministries. Active in the local PTA, Mr. O’Connor enjoys reading. He is also a New York Giants Fan.

He and his wife Grace live in Oceanside. They have three daughters.

Wayne T. Padula is an active member of his home parish of St. James in Setauket where he is a lector, Extraordinary Minister of Communion and involved with the hospitality ministry. He is a professed member of the Secular Franciscan Order and is currently enrolled in the Masters program at the Seminary of the Immaculate Conception in Huntington. Mr. Padula works for the United States Department of the Treasury and his hobbies include gardening, fishing, traveling and history.

He and his wife Alice live in Setauket. They have two daughters and five grandchildren.

Carl E. Sanfilippo is a mortgage broker who attended St. John’s and Adelphi Universities. As a deacon he anticipates working with the Baptismal Preparation and Pre-Cana programs as well as the Liturgy Committee and Pastoral Council in his home parish of St. Andrew’s in Sag Harbor as well as assisting in Queen of the Most Holy Rosary in near by Bridgehampton. Mr. Sanfillipo’s hobbies include reading, music and photography.

He lives with his wife, Patricia Ann in Sag Harbor. They have three children.

Donald A. Stamm, a former captain and warden of the Rockville Centre Fire Department, serves in various ministries at his home parish of St. Agnes Cathedral. The co-owner of a business, Mr. Stamm is an avid tennis player who has coached soccer and baseball. He also sings with St. Agnes Choir.

He and his wife Priscilla live in Rockville Centre. They have three sons.


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