Seven ordained deacons at Saint Meinrad
April 28, 2014
Photo: Andrew Syberg, from left, Hiep Nguyen, Adam Ahern,
Michael Keucher, Archbishop Joseph Tobin, Br. Philippe Tchalou,
OSB, Gerard Carrillo, and Br. Luke Waugh, OSB, pose for a portrait
after the ordination ceremony on April 26.
Seven 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 26.
The newly ordained deacons are Adam Ahern, Michael Keucher and
Andrew Syberg, all of the Archdiocese of Indianapolis; Gerard
Carrillo and Hiep Nguyen, Diocese of Cheyenne; Br. Philippe
Tchalou, OSB, Monastere de l'Incarnation, Togo, West Africa; and
Br. Luke Waugh, OSB, Saint Meinrad Archabbey.
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.