2011 Diaconate Ordination

October 6th, 2011 / 3:10 pm / Written by: / / Print this Post / 12 Comments »

35 New Deacons for the North American College

Diaconate Ordination on the Memorial of St. Bruno
A Great Day for the Church in the United States and Australia

On Thursday, October 6th, at approximately 10:45 A.M., Thirty Five Men of the Class of 2012 were ordained transitional deacons of the Roman Catholic Church through the imposition of hands by the His Eminence William Cardinal Levada, Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

The ceremony of ordination took place at the Altar of the Chair in St. Peter’s Basilica. Guests and family from all over the United States, Rome, Australia, and the World came to join these ordinandi in prayer and give thanks for the heroic gift of the lives of these men in celibate love to Holy Mother Church.

In the Rite of Ordination, the North American College Rector Msgr. James Checchio stood before the assembly, declaring solemnly that “After inquiry among the Christian people and upon the recommendation of those responsible, I testify that they have been found worthy.”
His Eminence William Cardinal Levada responded that “Relying on the help of the Lord God and our Savior Jesus Christ, we choose these, our brothers, for the Order of the Diaconate.”
The assembly showed their approval through a tremendous sign of applause.

These men have promised obedience to the Church and their bishops, a lifelong commitment to celibacy, and daily fidelity to the Liturgy of the Hours, which is the official prayer of the Church.

Congratulations to all the newly ordained on their promotion to the order of diaconate.

The Newly Ordained Deacons

Jason P. Adams
Diocese of Savannah

Patrick J. Arensberg
Archdiocese of Mobile

Jay T. Bananal
Diocese of San Diego

Joseph D. Bergida
Diocese of Arlington

Corey C. Close
Diocese of Davenport

Ryan W. Connors
Diocese of Providence

Alan J. Dietzenbach
Archdiocese of Dubuque

Anthony R. Dill
Diocese of Harrisburg

Sean T. Donovan
Diocese of Tulsa

Michael P. Gallacher
Archdiocese of Melbourne

Matthew J. Grady
Diocese of Venice

Frederick W. Gruber
Diocese of Pittsburgh

Adam M. Haake
Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph

Andrew P. Hart
Diocese of Little Rock

Victor P. Ingalls
Archdiocese of Mobile

Adam J. Johnson
Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph

Daniel E. Kirk
Diocese of Trenton

Matthew J. Kraemer
Diocese of Fargo

Patrick S. Lewis
Archdiocese of Washington

Mario A. Majano
Archdiocese of Washington

James V. Mangan
Diocese of Lansing

Mark W. Miller
Diocese of Madison

Richard L. Millette
Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston

Jadyn E. Nelson
Diocese of Bismarck

Derrick K. Oliveira
Diocese of Oakland

Giancarlo T. Pattugalan
Diocese of Brooklyn

Alex J. Roche
Diocese of Scranton

David C. Santos
Archdiocese of Newark

Michael S. Sedor
Diocese of Pittsburgh

Samuel R. Spiering
Diocese of Great Falls-Billings

Jacob A. Strand
Archdiocese of Milwaukee

James F. Wallace
Archdiocese of Chicago

Daniel J. Weiske
Diocese of Duluth

Andrew W. Young
Diocese of Sioux Falls

Joseph M. Zwosta
Diocese of Brooklyn

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12 Responses to “2011 Diaconate Ordination”

  1. Mike Clatanoff says:

    I’d like to congratulate my good friend Adam Haake on his Diaconate Ordination. I’m so happy for you Adam, God has blessed you in so many ways. I got an awesome gift for you as well, I’ll give it to you when I see you next. Keep up the good work man, and I look forward to hearing from you soon. God bless Adam, and congratulations on becoming a Deacon. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

    - Mike

  2. Rev. Michael Silloway says:

    Congratulations! May the Lord bring to fulfillment the good work he has begun in you.

  3. Colleen Donnery says:

    I would like to congratulate my nephew, Joseph Zwosta , on his Diaconate Ordination. I saw many pictures and videos of the ceremony and it was beautiful. Many blessings are being sent your way all the way from Brooklyn from family and friends! Love you.

    Aunt Colleen, Uncle Rob and cousin Brianna

  4. Patrick J. Arensberg says:

    Congratulations on your Ordination to the Diaconate. You and the other seminarians & priests are always in our prayers.

    Buz Buczacki

  5. Buz Buczacki says:

    Patrick & Victor,
    Congratulations on your Ordination to the Diaconate. You and the other seminarians & priests are always in our prayers.

    Buz Buczacki

  6. Teresa Inaglls says:

    Congratulations to all the young men on their Ordination to the Diaconate. It was an honor to be there and witness such a beautiful ceremony. You will be kept in our prayers each day as you travel on your journey toward your final Ordination in 2012. You are all an inspiration to other young men contemplating a vocation in the church. Keep up the good works and may God bless and keep you all. Best wishes. Don and Terre Ingalls

  7. Jared Zamarripa says:


    We are proud of you. Thank you for serving our faith in a much needed position. Can’t wait to see you again

  8. Congratulations to all the new deacons, and welcome to the order.
    Ad multos annos!

  9. Peter Bierer says:

    Congratulations to Michael Gallacher and the other men! Know that you are in our prayers.

  10. May God’s continued blessings be upon Reverend Mr. Joseph Michael Zwosta, as he begins serving as Transitional Deacon. We pray that our Lord continues to give Joe his guidance until his ordination to the priesthood in June. All the best to each of the new deacons.
    With love, Mom, Dad, Patrick, Mike and Kristin

  11. kat monahan says:

    I am so proud of my brother, Luke Millette, for following his dreams. He is an exceptional brother and friend. I am very blessed to have been a part of such a beautiful experience. Congradulations Luke and the rest of the new deacons.

  12. Mrs. Isabella D. Brown says:

    ” give thanks for the heroic gift of the lives of these men in celibate love to Holy Mother Church”……All 35 of you and all your celibate professors and other teachers including those who serve you unnoticed behind the scences. Congradulations…..class of 2012.
    In Christ,
    Mrs. Isabella D. Brown together with Dr. Brown and A.M.Brown.
    Holy Spirit Roman Catholic Church.
    Atlanta, GA. USA.

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