Deacons

In the Catholic Church, the diaconate is the first of three ranks in ordained ministry. Deacons preparing for the priesthood are transitional deacons. Those not planning to be ordained priests are called permanent deacons. Married men may be ordained permanent deacons, and single men may be ordained with a commitment to celibacy.

The deacon shares in the first order of the Sacrament of Holy Orders through the Bishop's laying on of hands. The deacon is present in the community through the service of human and spiritual need. As a sacred minister the deacon proclaims the Gospel and preaches, assists at the altar, distributes the Eucharist as an ordinary minister, blesses marriages, presides over funerals, administers viaticum to the sick, and leads Sunday celebrations in the absence of a priest. The wives of permanent deacons often share in activities of their husbands' ministry and as spouse support all aspects of their ordained ministry.

  

Deacons at Saint Cecilia are:

Deacon James Tardy

Deacon David Gurney (retired)

Deacon James Watson (retired)