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NINE MEN TO BE ORDAINED AS DEACONS

Chicago, IL (May 23, 2012) – Francis Cardinal George, OMI, Archbishop of Chicago, will ordain nine men as permanent deacons at 2:30 p.m., on Friday, May 25, at Holy Name Cathedral, State and Superior Streets in Chicago.

The newly ordained deacons completed a four-year program at the University of Saint Mary of the Lake / Mundelein Seminary that included classes in Theology, Pastoral Ministry, Spiritual Formation and Communication/Collaboration.  They will serve in their home parishes in Chicago, Arlington Heights, Gurnee, Indian Creek, LaGrange, Lake Forest and Streamwood.   

More than 98 percent of deacons are married with families and most are also engaged in outside occupations.  They are clergy, along with priests and bishops.  The ministries that Deacons perform include the teaching mission of the Church, caring for the poor, performing baptisms and marriages, conducting funeral liturgies, presiding at wake services and assisting the priest at Mass by proclaiming the Gospel, preaching, leading intercessions, preparing the altar and intoning the dismissal.

CLASS OF 2012 DEACONS

John R. Herrmann will serve at St. Mary Parish, 175 East Illinois Road, Lake Forest.

Stuart G. Heyes will serve at St. Cletus Parish, 600 West 55th Street, La Grange.

Michael W. Madison will serve at Our Lady of the Wayside Parish, 450 South Mitchell, Arlington Heights.

Michael S. McManus will serve at St. Thecla Parish, 6725 West Devon Avenue, Chicago.

Robert Montelongo will serve at St. Bruno Parish, 4751 South Harding Avenue, Chicago.

Daniel P. Moore and Gerald E. Nora will serve at St. Mary of Vernon Parish, 236 U.S. Highway 45, Indian Creek.

Robert R. Pasdiora will serve at St. John the Evangelist Parish, 502 South Park Boulevard, Streamwood.

Ivan C. Siap will serve at St. Paul the Apostle Parish, 6401 Gages Lake Road, Gurnee.

Biographical profiles about this year’s deacons can be found on the Catholic New World website, www.catholicnewworld.com

More information about the Archdiocese of Chicago’s Institute for Diaconal Studies can be found at the website for the University of Saint Mary of the Lake / Mundelein Seminary, www.usml.edu.

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