Bishop Ricken to ordain 9 to diaconate

By | May 16, 2013

Deacon candidates

Read about the candidates for ordination to the permanent diaconate:
Michael Brandt
Andrew Bures
Mark Ebben
Conrad Kieltyka
Daniel Laurent
Mark Mullins
Gary Vanness
Robert Wavrunek
Lincoln Wood

Deacons provide a ministry of service in the areas of word, liturgy, and charity and justice. They are ordained to serve the bishop and the Diocese of Green Bay with assignments at parishes, diocesan offices, Catholic institutions and programs, and to provide outreach service in the community to those in need and on the margins of society. Formation of permanent deacons is a five-year process that receives funding from the annual Bishop’s Appeal of the diocese and from Advancing the Mission funds through the Catholic Foundation.

According to Vatican statistics that were released May 13 by the Vatican press office, the number of permanent deacons reported at the end of 2011 — about 41,000 — was an increase of more than 1,400 over the previous year and a 40 percent increase over the past decade. The vast majority — 97.4 percent —of the world’s permanent deacons live in the Americas or in Europe.

For information about the Order of Deacons, visit

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