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Three ordained deacons at Saint Meinrad

April 04, 2016

160402_Deacon Ordination _for _webThree seminarians received the order of deacon from the Most Rev. Joseph Tobin, CSsR, archbishop of Indianapolis, at the Saint Meinrad Archabbey Church in St. Meinrad, IN, on April 2.

The newly ordained deacons are Joseph Lee and Joseph Park, both of the Diocese of Busan, South Korea; and Br. David NꞌDjam, OSB, of Monastère de lꞌIncarnation in Togo, West Africa. 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 priesthood.

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 Archabbey. 

Photo: The newly ordained deacons with Archbishop Joseph Tobin, CSsR. From left are Br. David NꞌDjam, OSB, Archbishop Tobin, Joseph Lee and Joseph Park.