On Saturday, July 11, 2020, Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin, C.Ss.R., Archbishop of Newark, ordained 22 permanent deacons for service in the Archdiocese of Newark. The ordinations were celebrated during two Masses that were livestreamed at 10 a.m. and at 2 p.m. from the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart in Newark on the archdiocesan YouTube channel: www.YouTube.com/NwkArchdiocese. The two separate ceremonies helped to ensure that proper social distancing protocols were observed for those in attendance.
As part of the ordination Mass, Cardinal Tobin blessed each of the 22 new permanent deacons before they were presented with their diaconal vestments. Deacon John McKenna, who serves as the Director of Deacon Personnel, assisted Cardinal Tobin with each Mass.
Permanent deacons are those not planning to be ordained priests but are ordained ministers of the Catholic Church. The last group of men called to the diaconate order for service in the Archdiocese of Newark were ordained in 2016. The biographical information for each of the 22 permanent deacons is available in the June 10 edition of The Catholic Advocate, available at www.rcan.org/the-catholic-advocate.
For information about the Permanent Diaconate program in the Archdiocese of Newark or questions about the diaconate, visit: www.rcan.org/offices-and-ministries/permanent-diaconate.