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placeholder Seventeen men ordained as deacons for diocese

Mausoleum dedication includes reinterment of Bishop Floyd Begin

Local charities deliver holiday wish lists

New cathedral complex commits to serving Fair Trade coffee, tea

Fair Trade products and gifts are available at local stores, on Web

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Legal challenges follow state voters’ affirmation of traditional marriage

Two Catholic bishops defend Mormons’ role in Prop 8 campaign

Third graders take field trip to Oakland’s new cathedral

Cathedral Mass schedule

Catholics asked to help fund retirement needs of aging members of religious communities

Does the U.N. Declaration of Human Rights speak to all peoples?

Television review: ‘Ruby’: a reality show about obesity, addiction and faith

placeholder November 17, 2008    •   VOL. 46, NO. 20   •   Oakland, CA

The newly ordained deacons, from left, Gil Pesqueira, John Archer and Richard Gierak, are embraced by their fellow deacons during the Kiss of Peace. At far left is Deacon Alfred Fleischer.
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Seventeen men ordained as deacons for diocese
Bishop Allen Vigneron ordained 17 men to the permanent diaconate Nov. 1 at the Cathedral of Christ the Light in Oakland. The men, who have completed at least three years of formation, will now assume both liturgical and service ministries throughout the diocese.

The new deacons are: Jorge Angel Arias (All Saints, Hayward), John Archer Jr. (St. Raymond, Dublin), John Ashmore (Most Holy Rosary, Antioch), Herbert Casey (St. Bonaventure, Concord), Clement Chen (St. Monica, Moraga), David Cloyne (St. Michael, Livermore), Rey Caluya Encarnacion (St. Agnes, Concord), Richard Gierak (St. Bonaventure, Concord), Charles Glover (Holy Spirit, Fremont), Arturo Jimenez (St. Paul, San Pablo), Martin Leach (Transfiguration, Castro Valley), John Nguyen (St. Felicitas, San Leandro), Gil Pesqueira (Catholic Community of Pleasanton), Peter Cuong Dac Ta (St. Joachim, Hayward), Ronald Tutson (St. Benedict, Oakland), G. Lance Vivet (Our Lady of Guadalupe, Fremont), Ken Wedge (St. Ignatius, Antioch).

Bishop Vigneron lays his hands on John Nguyen, ordaining him to the permanent diaconate.

ABOVE: Bishop Allen Vigneron presents the Book of the Gospels to David Cloyne during the ordination ceremony.

LEFT: Ronald Tutson pledges obedience to Bishop Vigneron and his successors as part of his ordination to the diaconate.

ABOVE: The deacon candidates prostrate on the floor of the cathedral during the Litany of the Saints.

LEFT: Margarita Sanchez, widow of Dario Sanchez who was a member of the deacon class and died on June 12, 2007, stands at the ambo to proclaim the second reading.

The newly ordained deacons stand in front of the altar to receive the congratulations of family and friends.
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