Two ordained deacons at Saint Meinrad
April 24, 2017
Two seminarians received the order of deacon from
the Most Rev. Charles Thompson, bishop of the Diocese of
Evansville, IN, at the Saint Meinrad Archabbey Church in St.
Meinrad, IN, on April 22.
The newly ordained deacons are Jeffrey Dufresne of the
Archdiocese of Indianapolis and Br. Peduru Fonseka, OSB, of Saint
Meinrad Archabbey. They are students at Saint Meinrad Seminary and
School of Theology.
Others in their class will be or have been ordained deacons in
their respective dioceses.
In the Catholic faith, a deacon can preach, baptize, witness
marriages, offer Communion to the sick and aged, and perform other
ministerial duties. The newly ordained deacons are transitional
deacons, meaning they are preparing for ordination to the
priesthood. Many Catholic dioceses also have permanent deacons, who
carry out the same role, but are not studying for the
Saint Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology offers initial and
ongoing formation for priests, permanent deacons and lay ministers.
The school is operated by the Benedictine monks of Saint Meinrad
Photo: Following the deacon ordination, the new
deacons accept applause outside the Archabbey Church. From left are
Archabbot Kurt Stasiak, OSB; newly ordained Deacon Peduru Fonseka,
OSB; Bishop Charles Thompson and newly ordained Deacon Jeffrey