Eight ordained deacons at Saint Meinrad
April 08, 2013
Eight seminarians studying at Saint Meinrad
Seminary and School of Theology received the order of deacon from
the Most Rev. Joseph Tobin, archbishop of Indianapolis, at the
Archabbey Church in St. Meinrad, IN, on April 6.
The newly ordained deacons are Daniel Bedel, David Marcotte,
Benjamin Syberg and Timothy Wyciskalla, all of the Archdiocese of
Indianapolis; Gwang-Woo (Elijah) Cho and Chul-Min (Michael) Moon,
Diocese of Busan, South Korea; Mauricio Abeldano Flores, Diocese of
Memphis; and Xavier Raj Yesudasan, Diocese of Palayamkottai,
Other members of the class will be ordained at various times 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
The seminarians attend Saint Meinrad Seminary and School of
Theology, which offers initial and ongoing formation for priests,
permanent deacons and lay ministers. The school is operated by the
Benedictine monks of Saint Meinrad Archabbey.