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May 19, 2000 Issue
Local News

Bishop to ordain five deacons on Saturday

New deacons hail from Green Bay, Greenville and Cooperstown

Five men will be ordained deacons by Bp. Robert Banks at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 20, in St. Francis Xavier Cathedral, 140 S. Monroe St., Green Bay.

The five are:

-- Richard Miech of St. Mary Parish in Greenville;

-- Clarence Naidl of St. James Parish, Cooperstown;

-- Luis Sanchez of St. Willebrord Parish, Green Bay;

-- Michael Schmidt of Nativity Parish, Green Bay;

-- Paul Umentum of St. Mary Parish, Green Bay.

Miech, 44, and his wife, Kathleen, have 2 children ages 18 and 17. He is an instructor at Fox Valley Tech and she is a registered nurse. At St. Mary Parish, Greenville, he is a Eucharistic minister, lector and music minister; she teaches religious education.

Naidl, 58, and his wife, Karen, have four children ranging in age from 28 to 33. He is an electrician and she has worked as a waitress. At St. James Parish, Cooperstown, he is the RCIA coordinator and is active in choir, religious education and the confirmation retreat. She is a lector, religious education teacher, Eucharistic minister and is active in the RCIA program and is a member of the Catechetical Renewal Team. They both serve on the parish discipleship committee.

Sanchez, 39, and his wife, Carmen, have four children ranging in age from 8 to 14. He is a supervisor at a meat packing plant, where she works as a boner. Sanchez will be the first Latino deacon ordained in this diocese.

Schmidt, 52, and his wife, Kathryn, have one child. He is a pastoral minister at Nativity parish.

Umentum, 40, and his wife, Theresa, have three children ranging in age from 8 to 13. He is an attorney and she is a homemaker. At St. Mary of the Angels Parish , he is active in choir, as a trustee, cantor and a lector. She is active in the altar society, St. Thomas More School athletic organization, the school board advisory committee, as a greeter and school volunteer.

The five men will join the approximately 80 deacons who have served the Green Bay Diocese since the permanent diaconate was restored by the Catholic Church in 1968.

The diaconate is a ministry of service in sacred word, liturgy and charity. Deacons may minister to the sick and the elderly; prepare people to enter the faith; preside at baptisms, weddings, funerals, wake services, and Communion services; and proclaim Scripture and preach.

Diaconate candidates in the Green Bay Diocese must complete the Commissioned Ministry Leadership Program, a nationally credited joint effort of the diocese and Silver Lake College, Manitowoc. Requirements include 12 core credits in Scripture/theology, six credits in pastoral specialization, and commissioning by the bishop. The last stage of formation includes Canon Law, liturgical rites for deacons, and the theology/spirituality of diaconate.

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