|11/6/2012 9:56:00 AM|
Two men ordained as permanent deacons
“These men have been working very hard to serve you,” Archbishop John G. Vlazny said Nov. 3 at St. Mary Cathedral, where he presided over a Mass of ordination for two permanent deacons.
Those ordained were Kevin Thomas Welch and Thomas Spencer Hayward.
Permanent deacons, who will not become priests, are ordained with a special mission of serving the sick and the needy, and helping at the altar during Mass. The deacons can officiate at baptisms, weddings and funerals and give homilies. The permanent diaconate was revived after the Second Vatican Council.
“Deacons become icons of Christ the servant in the family,” the archbishop said during his homily, adding that these men’s task will be to “teach the faith to believers and unbelievers alike.”
“Hopefully they will carry out this duty with true joy in their hearts and on their faces,” he said.
Deacons are the ones, the archbishop said, who continue the Lord’s work through their own hands.
Welch was born in Waterbury, Conn., in 1957. He graduated from San Diego State University, San Diego, Calif., in 1979 earning a bachelor's degree in finance. He earned a master's degree in pastoral ministry degree from the University of Portland in 2011. He and his wife Susan have two children, Matthew and Hannah. They are parishioners at Our Lady of the Lake Parish in Lake Oswego.
Welch said he is jubilant at the prospect of working as a “servant to the church.”
“I am thrilled to do what they want — what is needed. I am looking forward to using my God-given gifts. I am just happy to serve,” he said.
Hayward was born in 1948 in Glendale, Calif. He graduated from Palomar Junior College in San Marcos, Calif., and earned a bachelor's degree in forest management from Humboldt State University in 1971. He retired as a forester from the United States Department of Agriculture. He earned a master's degree in pastoral ministry from the University of Portland in 2010. He and his wife Peggy have six children and are members of St. Benedict Retreat Center Mission, McKenzie Bridge.
The diaconate formation period entails a year of prayerful preparation, a four-or five-year training period of study, and a year of post-ordination formation. The ministry of deacon falls mainly in three areas: the Word, the Liturgy, and Charity. Vestments are the alb, stole and dalmatic.
Deacons must wear their albs and stoles, as must priests and bishops. Deacons, however, place the stole over their left shoulder and it hangs across to their right side. Priests and bishops wear it around their necks. A deacon may not hear confession, give absolution, anoint the sick, or celebrate Mass.
During the ordination Mass, two men were admitted to candidacy for ordination as a deacon: John Krebsbach and Geoffrey Schmitt. Gerald Grondin, Larry Loumena, José Montoya and Manuel Salinas Jr. were all instituted into the ministry of reader.