Crosby Company employee to be ordained as Catholic Deacon

Nine Western New York men will be ordained as permanent deacons in the Catholic Church on Saturday, June 15, 2013.

A mass will be held beginning at 10:00 AM at St. Joseph Cathedral, 50 Franklin Street, Buffalo. Bishop Richard J. Malone will preside at the installation, where the men will join more than 120 deacons in the Diocese of Buffalo. The public is welcome to attend.

Thomas Friedman, Quality Controller Engineer at The Crosby Company, a local Metal Stamping business in Buffalo, NY, completed five years of formation, which included theological studies at Christ the King Seminary in East Aurora.

In the Catholic Church, deacons either move on to the priesthood or take on the ministry permanently. Following their ordination, these new permanent deacons will be assigned to a parish or other ministry. Permanent deacons’ main ministry is one of charity. Some are also involved in parish administration. Additionally, these men generally hold secular jobs.

According to the 2012 Official Catholic Directory, there are 17,816 permanent deacons in the United States and that number has been increasing over the years. These men, who have completed a training program of spiritual, theological, and pastoral formation which lasted several years, have received the permission of their wives to take this important step.

Permanent deacons can officiate at weddings, baptisms, funeral and wakes. They may also preach.

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