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By Bob Reddy (Florida Catholic)

4/19/2017

The journey to become a member of the permanent diaconate is a long and requires continuous prayer and a deep faith.

After completing their second year of Aspirancy, seven men recently reached a significant milestone in their five-year journey as they were admitted to Candidacy for the Holy Order of Permanent Diaconate by Bishop Frank J. Dewane during a Mass celebrated April 8 at Deacon Wren Chapel of St. Martha Catholic School in Sarasota.

Seven men were admitted to Candidacy for the Holy Order of Permanent Diaconate by Bishop Frank J. Dewane during a Mass celebrated April 8 at Deacon Wren Chapel of St. Martha Catholic School in Sarasota.

The students of the class of 2020 are: Jeffrey Ball, Ave Maria Parish, Ave Maria; Enrique Castro, St. Katharine Drexel Parish, Cape Coral; Ramiro Hernandez, St. Michael Parish, Wauchula; Jack Milholland, Our Lady of the Angels Parish, Lakewood Ranch; Roberto Pagán, Jesus the Worker Parish, Fort Myers; Vern Smith, St. Martha Parish, Sarasota; and Dr. William Soscia, St. Joseph Parish, Bradenton.

Bishop Dewane was joined in concelebrating the Mass by Father Fausto Stampiglia, S.A.C., Permanent Diaconate Director.

Bishop Dewane noted the men answered a specific call of the Lord and thanked them for coming forward in their response. “You are called to express and live your Faith very publicly. During your formation, you must deepen your resolve and continue to grow the presence of the Lord in your heart.”

During the Rite of Admission of the Candidates, the men were called forth before Bishop Dewane by Diaconate Director of Formation Deacon William Ladroga. Bishop Dewane then asked the men if they were prepared to continue in their formation. Each of the seven said: “I am.”

The seven entered their formation in the fall of 2015 and with this milestone the process intensifies. Wives and some family members were also present to show their support.

There are currently more than 60 active permanent deacons serving in parishes throughout the Diocese of Venice, including five who were ordained in June 2015. The mission of the Permanent Deacons of the Diocese of Venice is to serve. They serve as: ministers of the Word, proclaiming the Gospel; preaching; teaching the message of Jesus Christ; ministering the Sacrament of Baptism; leading the faithful in prayer; witnessing marriages; conducting wake and funeral services; as well as helping the needy. As one can see, the emphasis is on service.

For more information about the Permanent Diaconate in the Diocese of Venice please contact Deacon William Ladroga at 941-484-9543 or at ladroga@dioceseofvenice.org.

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