Deacon Update - Easter 2017




Permanent Diaconate Office-Diocese of Fall River 

Deacon Update

Easter 2017


Dear Deacons, Candidates and Wives,


As we approach Holy Week, I pray that this Lenten Season has 

brought you and your loved ones renewed hope and may your 

Easter be filled with special blessings.  


Ministry of Lector:

Prior to their successful completion of their Spring semester, 

our 9 Deacon Candidates will be attending their Candidates’ 

Day of Reflection for the Ministry of Lector on April 29, 2017.  


They will be installed as Readers on Tuesday eveningJune 6

2017, at the Holy Name of Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish, in New 

Bedford, beginning at 7PM.  Most Reverend Edgar M. daCunha, 

S.D.V., Bishop of Fall River, will be the principal celebrant. 

Please keep our Candidates in your prayers as they continue on 

their journey to the Diaconate. 


This evening will also serve as our Annual Convocation of 

Deacons and Wives.  Attendance is mandatory for all active 

deacons and their wives, unless excused by me. 


Diaconate Ordination: 

Please note that Bishop daCunha will ordain three men to the 

Diaconate on Saturday, May 27, 2017, at 11AM at St. Mary’s 



Since the Rite of Ordination includes welcome by other deacons, 

it is my hope that many of you will be able to attend the ordination 

to welcome our brothers to the order of Deacon.


Please reserve the above dates on your calendars.     


Continuing Formation:

The office has received information regarding Summer Class 

Offerings at the Pontifical College Josephinum.  Classes begin on 

May 15, 2017 and run through August 11, 2017. For more information 

you may visit the website:


Our Candidates will continue with their formation in the fall. 

The following information regarding the courses and instructors is 

being offered to you. Any deacon is encouraged to participate in the 

classes.  Registration for formation classes is available on line at our



The Courses/Instructors/Dates are as follows:

Fall Semester 2017

Patristics (Part I): Rev. David Pignato

Tuesday Evenings:

September 5, 12, 19, 26; October 3, 17, 24; November 14, 28; 

December 5, 12 


Synoptic Gospels:  Rev. Freddie Babiczuk

Thursday Evenings:

September 7, 14, 21 28; October 5, 19, 26; November 16, 30; 

December 14


Spring Semester 2018

Pauline ScripturesRev. Jack Schrader

Tuesday Evenings:

January 9, 16, 23, 30; February 6, 13, 27; March 6,13, 20; 

April 3, 10, 24; May 1, 8


Patristics( Part II): Rev. David Pignato

Thursday Evenings:

January 11, 18, 25; February 1, 8, 15; March 1, 8, 15, 22; 

April 5, 12, 26; May 3, 10  


Sessions begin with a prayer at 6:30 p.m. and classes are held 

from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m.



The Most Reverend Edgar M. daCunha, Bishop of Fall River, 

has accepted the retirement request of Deacon James Barrett, 

effective on April 9, 2017, of Our Lady of Victory Parish, 



We wish Deacon Barrett much happiness and good health 

during his retirement from active ministry.


In Memoriam: 

Please remember all deceased members of our diaconal 

community and their families in your prayers, especially:   


Deacon Lawrence St. Pierre, who died on March 20, 2017.


As you are aware, on the death of a deacon, the Office 

commissions a chalice for the missions. The chalice is 

engraved with the name of the deceased deacon. I feel that 

this is more appropriate and longer lasting than flowers.  


Holy Week Office Hours:  

The Permanent Diaconate Office will be closed during Holy 

Week on Good Friday.

Jackie will be away from the office April 19-21, 2017

In case of an emergency, please contact me at St. Mary’s 

Rectory, 508-995-3593


With every good wish for the blessings of the Easter Season, 

I remain


Sincerely yours in Christ,


Rev. Msgr. John J. Oliveira, PA

Diocesan Director




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