FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 28, 2021
BISHOP NICHOLAS DIMARZIO TO ORDAIN 10 NEW DEACONS FOR THE DIOCESE OF BROOKLYN
The Most Reverend Nicholas DiMarzio, Bishop of Brooklyn, will ordain 10 men to the Permanent Diaconate, for service in the Diocese of Brooklyn this Saturday, May 29, 2021, at 11:00 a.m. at the Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph located at 856 Pacific Street in Brooklyn.
The Ordinards are:
*Michael A. Chirichella
Our Lady of Mount Carmel-Annunciation of the B.V.M. Parish, Brooklyn
*Robert Fedorowicz, Our Lady of Consolation Parish, Brooklyn
*Antonio Gordon, Our Lady of Grace Parish in Howard Beach, Queens
*John P. Kramer, Holy Trinity Parish in Whitestone, Queens
*Fil Myrong M. Lapinig, Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, Queens Village
*Dr. Harry W. Lopez, Jr. St. Fortunata Parish, Brooklyn
*Michael J.B. McCarthy, St. Joan of Arc Parish in Jackson Heights
*Edwin A. Rivera, Sacred Hearts of Jesus & Mary & St. Stephen Parish, Brooklyn
*Jacob Rodriguez, Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish, Astoria, Queens
A deacon is a member of the clergy and an ordained minister of the Catholic Church. Deacons can baptize, witness marriages, perform funeral and burial services outside of Mass, distribute Holy Communion, preach the homily, teach the faith and visit the sick. They are obligated to pray the Liturgy of the Hours each day.
Of the ten men to be ordained, two are retired and eight are currently working in a variety of roles including: an accountant, a plumber, two Catholic high school teachers, a UPS service provider, a machine operator, a Nurse Manager, and a podiatrist.
Members of the media interested in attending should notify the Diocesan press office. Masks must be worn at all times at the event and updated social distancing guidelines must be followed.