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Twenty Permanent Catholic Deacons will be Ordained on Saturday, May 14 at 10 a.m. at Holy Name Cathedral in Chicago

The Archdiocese of Chicago has the largest Catholic diaconate in the world with 514 active deacons

Chicago - (May 9, 2022) – Twenty permanent Catholic deacons will be ordained at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 14, 2022 at Holy Name Cathedral, 735 N. State St., Chicago. Cardinal Blase J. Cupich, archbishop of Chicago, will be the main celebrant at the ordination and will offer the homily. The newly ordained deacons will be assigned to parishes in Arlington Heights, Blue Island, Chicago, Chicago Heights, Lake Villa, Morton Grove, Oak Forest, Oak Park, Orland Hills, Orland Park, Palatine, Palos Heights, Rolling Meadows, Streamwood, Wauconda and Waukegan. The ordination will be livestreamed on the archdiocese’s YouTube channel Catholic Chicago [link:].

“As Pope Francis has said, ‘deacons are the guardians of service in the Church’ and they serve the people of God with humility and joy and see Jesus in everyone, especially the poor and needy, the indigent and the withdrawn,” said Cardinal Cupich. “I’m grateful to these men, who, with the support of their wives, are answering the call to minister faithfully to their communities.”

In the Catholic Church, deacons preparing for the priesthood are known as transitional deacons. They are seminarians ordained after their third year of theology studies at Mundelein Seminary, and will return for one more year of studies as deacons before ordination to the priesthood in 2022. Those not planning to be ordained priests are called permanent deacons. Married men may be ordained permanent deacons, and single men may be ordained as permanent deacons with a commitment to celibacy.

The newly ordained deacons will assist the bishop and his priests in ministries of the Word, Liturgy and Charity. This includes proclaiming the Gospel, leading intercessions, preaching, preparing the altar, celebrating baptisms, leading the faithful in prayer, distributing holy communion, witnessing marriages and conducting wake and funeral services. Deacons also identify the needs of poor and underserved, and shepherd the Church's resources to meet those needs. 

Diaconate formation for permanent deacons requires completion of a comprehensive, four-year program through the Institute for Diaconal Studies or the Instituto de Liderazgo Pastoral, for Spanish speakers, both located at the University of Saint Mary of the Lake in Mundelein. The programs include human, spiritual, intellectual and pastoral dimensions of formation and a year-long parish pastoral ministry internship. The program is mandated by both the Vatican and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.  

Please see below for the list of this year’s candidates for the diaconate

Permanent deacons, their wives, if married, and home parishes

Deacon Moyossola Jean-Arno Boussari and Trisha – St. Colette Parish, Rolling Meadows

Deacon Lekë and Blandina Brisku – Sts. Martha and Isaac Jogues Parish, Morton Grove

Deacon Juan Carlos Diaz-Maravilla – Our Lady of Mercy Parish, Chicago

Deacon John A. Haderlein – Most Blessed Trinity Parish, Waukegan

Deacon Jim and Sandy Katula – St. Damian Parish, Oak Forest

Deacon Andrew and Jennifer Kim – St. Theresa Parish, Palatine

Deacon Joe and Janet McCain -– St. John the Evangelist Parish, Streamwood

Deacon Francisco and María Olivia Medina – Blessed Sacrament Parish, Chicago

Deacon Kevin and Deidre Morgan – St. Catherine of Siena-St. Lucy Parish, Oak Park

Deacon Francis and Lisa Pendergast III – St. Alexander Parish, Palos Heights

Deacon Sam and Kari Resch – St. James Parish, Arlington Heights

Deacon Roberto and Patricia Reyes – St. Mary Magdalene Parish, Blue Island

Deacon Manuel and Eva Ruiz – Our Lady of the Heights Parish, Chicago Heights

Deacon John “Jack” and Patti Jo Ruskin -– Prince of Peace Parish, Lake Villa

Deacon Israel and Rosa María Santiago – Transfiguration Parish, Wauconda

Deacon Krzysztof and Mariola Słowikowski – St. John Brebeuf Parish, Niles

Deacon John F. Sobol – St. Elizabeth Seton Parish, Orland Hills

Deacon Raymond and Pearle Liza Torralba – St. Padre Pio Parish, Chicago

Deacon Victor and Maullury Uruchima – Our Lady of the Rosary Parish, Chicago

Deacon Brian and Carolyn Whiteford – St. Francis of Assisi Parish, Orland Park


The Archdiocese of Chicago has the largest Catholic diaconate community in the world with 514 active deacons involved in 210 parishes and agencies. Since 1972, the archdiocese has ordained 1,464 men as permanent deacons. Active, retired and inactive deacons total 706, while another 70 Chicago deacons serve in dioceses around the country – from Florida to California.