Diocese of Rockville Centre

ROCKVILLE CENTRE, NEW YORK, May 18, 2007 – Twelve men will be ordained as permanent deacons by The Most Reverend William Murphy, Bishop, Diocese of Rockville Centre, on Saturday, May 19, 2007 at 11:30 a.m. at St. Agnes Cathedral.

“By ordination, [a deacon] is enabled to act as a representative of Christ, Head of the Church, in his triple office of priest, prophet and king,” according to Catechism of the Catholic Church.

Permanent deacons are those men not planning to be ordained priests. Deacons can assist bishops and priests in the distribution of Holy Communion and the proclamation of the Gospel and preaching. They can preside at weddings, baptisms and funerals, as well as dedicate themselves to the various ministries of charity. They cannot celebrate Mass or administer the sacraments of penance, confirmation, or anointing of the sick.

“The deacon is an icon of Christ the servant, not only preaching the Social Gospel but also serving as an advocate for justice both with the church in particular and in society in general,” said Sister Mary Alice Piil, CSJ, director of the diocesan Office of Faith Formation.

Some deacons are married, while some are single. A widowed or single man who is ordained a deacon makes a lifelong promise of celibacy. A married deacon whose wife dies cannot marry again without an exemption.

Most deacons continue working in their secular occupations while also serving in their ministry. Some, however, work full-time with parish staffs or church institutions.

The men who will be ordained are Richard J. Bilella, Arthur A. Candido, Daniel J. Fischer, Marino Gonzalez, John L. Grebe, Richard E. Iandoli, Robert R. Lyon, V. Anthony Maggipinto, George A. Mais Jr., Alfredo Mora, Albert C. Pickford and Jesus M. Valdes.

Bilella, 61, is a home improvement contractor and a veteran of the U.S. Navy. He is married with two children and will serve at Our Lady Queen of Martyrs, Centerport.

Candido, 46, is the business manager at St. Patrick’s Church, Glen Cove and will serve at Our Lady of Fatima, Manorhaven. He lives in Port Washington with his wife and two children.

Fischer, 50, is a pharmacist at Stony Brook University Hospital and will serve at St. Louis de Montfort Church, Sound Beach. He is married with two children.

Gonzalez, 43, is a property manager and will serve at St. Luke’s Church, Brentwood. He and his wife have three children.

Grebe, 38, is a Nassau County Police Officer and an instructor at the Police Academy. He will serve at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Lake Ronkonkoma. He is married with four children.

Iandoli, 47, is a controller for an educational services company and will serve at St. Barnabas the Apostle, Bellmore. He and his wife have one child.

Lyon, 63, is an Army veteran who worked for American Airlines for 26 years. He will serve at Mary Immaculate Church, Bellport. He is married with four children.

Maggipinto, 64, will serve at SS. Philip and James Church, St. James. He is an attorney-at-law and a veteran of the U.S. Navy. He is married with two sons.

Mais, 64, is a U.S. Army veteran and a retired computer analyst for Verizon, where he worked for 43 years. He and his wife have seven children.

Mora, 55, is a certified welder and steamfitter. He will serve at St. Patrick, Glen Cove, where he lives with his wife and three children.

Pickford, 53, is a director of operations in the field of manufacturing. He will serve at St. Joseph the Worker, East Patchogue. He is married with four children.

Valdes, 45, will serve at St. Dominic, Oyster Bay. He is a married U.S. Army veteran and a Nassau County police detective. He worked at the New York City Department of Corrections at Ryker’s Island for four years.


About The Diocese of Rockville Centre
Celebrating its Golden Jubilee, the Diocese of Rockville Centre (www.drvc.org) was formed in 1957 and covers 1,198 square miles in Nassau and Suffolk Counties. The diocese serves approximately 1.4 million Catholics (total population in both counties is approximately 2.8 million). There are 134 parishes in 115 towns. Last year over 18,000 baptisms, 18,000 confirmations, 19,000 first communions and 4,000 marriages took place in the diocese. There are approximately 22,000 students in Catholic elementary schools; 13,000 in secondary schools and 3,300 in higher institutions. There are 69 Catholic elementary and high schools and one Catholic college in the diocese. There are also 120,189 total students in religious education. Catholic Health Services of Long Island consists of five hospitals, three nursing homes, a community-based home for those with special needs and a hospice. Last year, Catholic Charities assisted more than 59,000 individuals who are poor, vulnerable and disadvantaged on Long Island. (4/20/07)


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