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August 28, 2018 - Class of 2018 Solemn Profession

The Class of 2018 made their solemn professions at Bethany Chapel in anticipation of their ordination to the Diaconate on  September 29.  The public Profession of Faith and the Oath of Fidelity were officially witnessed by Very Reverend Robert M. Blaney, Secretary for Ministerial Personnel.  The candidates and their wives gathered for a festive dinner following the ceremony of Sacred Professions at the Pastoral Center in Braintree.

(Photos by Pat DiBiase,  Administrative Assistant to the Office of the Permanent Diaconate Office)

We congratulate the Candidates: Osvaldo Fernandez, David Giangiordano,Robert Horne, Charles Kelley, Julio Sanchez, Francis Sung, James Thompson,Cristino Ynfaante

Inquiry Sessions Fall 2018

If you are single or sacramentally married, and discerning God's possible call to serve the Church
as a minister of Charity, Word, and Sacrament as an ordained deacon in the Archdiocese of Boston
you and your wife (for those who are married) are invited to take part in the upcoming Inquirer Program.
The program consists of three meetings: Time is 7-8:30pm unless otherwise noted*

Meeting One: Who is the Deacon and Am I One Who is Called?

Webinar : October 23 • 7-8:30 To Register:
Call Pat DeBiase at 617-779-3645 or Email : pdebiase@rcab.org

Meeting Two: ApplicationProces s , Canon Law, Formationfromthe WivesPerspective

Meeting Three: HalfDay Discernment Retreat

Those who are interested in the Diaconate are strongly encouraged to attend all three events along with their wives {for those who are married). Please email the Deacon Christopher Connelly at deacon_vocations@rcab.org to sign up or to receive more information or call the office at 617-746-5649

The next group to be admitted into formation will begin classes in September 2019 at the Theological Institute for the New Evangelization in Braintree at the Pastoral Center, 66 Brooks Drive.

Our Church is global and multicultural and so we actively seek men for the diaconate from our many cultural communities in the Archdiocese. Academic classes are offered in English, however we are committed to offering support for those for whom English is not the primary language.

The Diaconate Formation Program is four Years in length and is open to single and sacramentally married men who will be between the ages of 35-65 at the time of ordination. If you would like more information please call:
Deacon Christopher Connelly
Director of Diaconate Formation
617-746-5649
cconnelly@rcab.org

Intro to New Testament Greek at St. Peter Parish, Cambridge

On Monday evenings 7:00-8:00 PM beginning September 24 and continuing through May 2019, St. Peter's is again offering this introductory course in New Testament Greek. Lift the veil of translations and experience directly the inspired words of the New Testament! We will start with the alphabet and work up to short passages from the Gospels, stressing the sound of the language through reading aloud. No prior experience of Greek is assumed. Those who have finished our course successfully in prior years have been able to go on to our reading courses on the gospels.

The introductory course, taught again by Classical languages instructor Michael O'Brien, will take place in the St. Peter's Parish Center, 100 Concord Avenue, Cambridge. Class size will be capped at 10. There is no charge, and texts/ learning materials will be distributed or are available online. There is plentiful parking (enter by Manassas Ave.) and the location is served by buses 72, 74, 75, and 78. For more information or to sign up for the class, contact Mike O'Brien at mcsamicus@gmail.com, or call at 617-721-9559.

Letters of Good Standing (updated 8/1/2018)

From time to time, Deacons of the Archdiocese of Boston may be requested to assist and/or preach at weddings, baptisms, funerals and other liturgical events outside the Archdiocese of Boston.  In those cases it is required by the bishop of the diocese in which the deacon hopes to minister that a "Letter of Good Standing"  be provided to him or his delegate certifying that the deacon is indeed in good standing within his own (Arch)diocese.

In certain instances, dioceses may also require a "Statement of Suitability for Ministry" which is a certification that the deacon is of good character and reputation and qualified to perform his Diaconal duties in an effective and suitable manner, and that he :

  1. has never been suspended or otherwise canonically disciplined;
  2. has no criminal record, nor had criminal charges brought against him;
  3. has manifested no behavioral problems in the past that would indicate he might deal with minors in an inappropriate manner;
  4. has never been involved in an incident which called into question his fitness or suitability to fulfill the responsibilities and duties of his Diaconal ministry due to alcohol, substance abuse or other causes;
  5. has no other particular mental or physical attribute, condition, and/or other past situation which would adversely affect his performance of Diaconal ministry.

A new procedural system for obtaining these credentials is now in place.  You may start a request for a Letter of Good Standing at:   bostonprovinceministry.org

Requests should be submitted at least two  weeks in advance of the wedding or baptism (funerals will obviously be handled with greater dispatch) so as to allow adequate time for processing.    When approved, you will be sent a copy of the credentials that are forwarded to the diocese and the parish or institution.

If you may have any questions regarding this procedure, please contact
Mary Blake at the Office of Canonical Affairs at  (617) 746-5651, or e-mail  mary_blake@rcab.org

2018 Annual Diaconate Community Convocation

Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Restoration of the Permanent Diaconate in the United States, to be held on Saturday, October 20, 2018.

Please mark your calendars now to make sure  that you will be able to be present for this once –in- a- lifetime event. (Click here for poster)

2017 Annual Diaconate Convocation with Cardinal Sean

The 2017 Annual Diaconate Convocation with Cardinal Sean, to be held at St. Elizabeth Parish Center, Milton, MA on Saturday, October 28, 2017 from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM.

His Eminence Cardinal Sean expects that all members of the Diaconate Community will participate in this important event.  He will be on hand to greet active deacons and wives, senior deacons and wives, widows, and candidates and wives.

We are grateful to Father Steve Zukas, pastor of Saint Elizabeth Parish for allowing us to host this important event in the life of the Diaconate Community at Saint Elizabeth Church and Parish Center.

Easy access from major highways (Rtes. 93 & 95. Rtes. 3 & 24 )  See parish website for driving directions (http://www.stelizabethmilton.org).   There is plenty of parking and an elevator for the handicapped.  The schedule for the day will be as follows:

9:00 AM                    Registration and coffee

9:30 AM                    Morning Prayer

10:00 AM                 Announcements and Introductions

10:30 AM                 Celebration of Holy Mass and Rite of Candidacy

11:30 AM                 Conversation with Cardinal Sean  (Q & A)

12:00 Noon              Lunch

1:00 PM                    Rev. Msgr. William P. Fay:

                                "The Gift of the Diaconate to the Church"

2:00 PM                    Mother Olga of the Sacred Heart:

                               "Mary's Life as a Disciple:  A Compass for Our Vocation of Service"

2:45 PM                    Closing Prayer and Dismissal

The day will be a wonderful opportunity to renew old friendships and make new ones as we grow together in an understanding of our unique call to diaconal discipleship and ministry.  The cost of the convocation is $100.00 for active deacons, which should be  covered by the parish/collaborative to which the deacon is assigned.  The cost for Senior Deacons is $50.00.   Candidates,  Wives and Widows are invited to attend free of charge.

DEACON PATRICK E. GUERRINI
DIRECTOR OF DIACONAL LIFE AND MINISTRY
RCAB PASTORAL CENTER
66 BROOKS DRIVE
BRAINTREE, MA  02184

Permanent Diaconate Inquirers Program: Is Christ Calling You?

If you are single or sacramentally married, and discerning God's possible call to serve the Church as a minister of Charity, Word, and Sacrament as an ordained deacon in the Archdiocese of Boston you and your wife (for those who are married) are invited to take part in the upcoming Inquirer Program.

The program consists of three meetings: Time is 7-8:30pm unless otherwise noted*

Meeting One: Who is the Deacon and Am I One Who is Called?
Central Region:
St. Peter's Church, 100 Concord Ave, Cambridge
September 18 - 7-8:30pm (Entrance to Parish Center and parking from Manassas Avenue)
Holy Name, 1689 Centre St, West Roxbury
September 26 - 7-8:30pm (Lower floor of the rectory)
St. Ann, 399 Medford Street, Somerville
October 27 -  7-8:30pm Haitian Inquirers Welcome!

North Region:
St. Maria Goretti, 112 Chestnut Street, Lynnfield
September 18 - 7-8:30pm

Sacred Hearts Parish, 297 Main St., Malden
October 21 - 10am
St. Augustine, 35 Essex Street, Andover
October 24 - 6pm


Merrimack Region:

Sacred Hearts Parish, 165 South St., Haverhill
September 26 - 7-8:30pm


West Region:
Good Shepherd Parish, 99 Main St., Wayland
September 20 - 7-8:30pm

Immaculate Conception, 11 Prospect St, Marlborough (Call Deacon Chris for details)
St. Mary's Catholic Church, 176 Washington St., East Walpole
October 5 - 7-8:30pm
St. Mary, 176 Washington St., East Walpole
October 5 - 7-8:30pm
St. Stephen's, 221 Concord St, Framingham
October 19 - 7-8:30pm


South Region:
Pastoral Center, 66 Brooks Drive, Braintree
September 19 - 7-8:30pm
St. Jerome's Parish - 632 Bridge Street, Weymouth
September 26 - 7-8:30pm
St. Joseph the Worker, 1 Maquan St., Hanson
October 11 - 7-8:30pm


Meeting Two: Application Process, Canon Law, Formation from the Wives Perspective
Pastoral Center Braintree: Tuesday, November 7, 2017 - 7-8:30pm
Meeting Three: Half Day Discernment Retreat
Pastoral Center Braintree: Saturday, November 18, 2017 - 9am – 2pm (with Lunch provided)

Those who are interested in the Diaconate are strongly encouraged to attend all three events along with their wives (for those who are married). Please email the Deacon Christopher Connelly at deacon_vocations@rcab.org to sign up or to receive more information or call the office at 617-746-5649 .

The next group to be admitted into formation will begin classes in September 2018 at the Theological Institute for the New Evangelization in Braintree at the Pastoral Center, 66 Brooks Drive.

Our Church is global and multicultural and so we actively seek men for the diaconate from our many cultural communities in the Archdiocese. Academic classes are offered in English, however we are committed to offering support for those for whom English is not the primary language. The Aspirancy Class beginning in the fall 2018 will have some classes available in Spanish.

The Diaconate Formation Program is four years in length and is open to single and sacramentally married men who will be between the ages of 35-65 at the time of ordination. If you would like more information please call :

Deacon Christopher Connelly Director of Diaconate Formation 617-746-5649 cconnelly@rcab.org

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