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Seven ordained deacons on April 11

April 13, 2015

Pic _news _Ordination 2015Seven 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 11.

The newly ordained deacons are Nicolás Ajpacajá, James Brockmeier, Anthony Hollowell, Douglas Hunter Jr., Kyle Rodden and Matthew Tucci, all of the Archdiocese of Indianapolis; and Jude Meril Sahayam, Diocese of Palayamkottai, India.

Ajpacajá, Brockmeier, Hunter, Rodden and Sahayam are students at Saint Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology.

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: From left are Nicolás Ajpacajá, Jude Meril Sahayam, Kyle Rodden, Matthew Tucci, Archbishop Joseph Tobin, Anthony Hollowell, Douglas Hunter Jr. and James Brockmeier.