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BLOOMFIELD – A city police sergeant, business owner, insurance claim specialist and attorney are among the dozen men who will be ordained to the permanent diaconate on June 2 at the Cathedral of St. Joseph.

Archbishop Henry J. Mansell will ordain the 12 candidates at 11 a.m.

The ordination marks the end of a five-year process for the candidates. In the Archdiocese of Hartford, the formation program leading to ordination to the diaconate consists of a year of discernment and study and then four years of study that take in the human, spiritual, academic and pastoral aspects of ministry.

As part of the ordination, new deacons are vested by priests who have influenced them and their vocations.

Information about the candidates and their investing clergy follows:

Robert Joseph Barry, a member of St. Patrick Parish in Farmington, is a 53-year-old native of Southington. He is an extraordinary minister of holy Communion and lector at his parish.

The information technology director for Cigna is married to Jennifer Devanney Barry. The couple has two sons, Patrick, 12, and Robert Jr., 19, and a daughter, Megan, 24.

He will be vested by Father Lawrence Bock, pastor of Holy Spirit Parish in Newington.

Salvatore Francis Fusco, 64, is the husband of Amnelise Marie Fusco and is retired after more than 38 years as a communication engineer with SNET/AT&T.

The Fuscos are parishioners of Mary Our Queen in Plantsville, the parents of three children, Michelle, 39; Melissa, 36; and Christopher John, 33; and the grandparents of six.

Also born in Southington, Mr. Fusco is an extraordinary minister of holy Communion, a lector and the confirmation coordinator at his parish.

He will be vested by Father Waine Kargul, pastor of Mary Our Queen Parish.

A consulting analyst for Hartford HealthCare and member of St. Catherine of Siena Parish in Broad Brook, 52-year-old Alan Albert Germain was born in Webster, Mass. He is a lector, extraordinary minister and chair of his parish’s evangelization and adult faith formation initiative.

He received a master’s degree in moral theology from Holy Apostles College and Seminary in Cromwell. He and his wife Karen Eisenman Germain are the parents of Nathaniel, 32; Andrew, 30; and Emily Germain Desjarlais, 28.

He will be vested by Father John Gwozdz of St. Augustine Parish in South Glastonbury and St. Paul Parish in Glastonbury.

Peter Richard Hyde, 65, a former data processing manager for the state, now works part-time as an associate for Kohl’s Department Stores. He is an extraordinary minister of holy Communion and lector as well as president and secretary of the parish council.

A member of St. Patrick Parish in Collinsville, he lives in Canton with his wife Angela. They have three children, Veronica, 22; Christopher, 21; and Lillian, 16.

He will be vested by Father Robert F. Tucker, pastor of St. Anthony of Padua Parish in Litchfield.

Born in Ghana, Edward Kwokn Kensah, 63, owns American Steel Fabricators Inc. in Bloomfield.

He and his wife Mary are the parents of Rosemond, 36; Patricia, 35; Edward Jr., 34; Rita, 26; Michael, 25; Edith, 23; and Yvonne, 14.

Mr. Kensah is a lay minister and extraordinary minister of holy Communion and altar server for his parish, St. Mary in East Hartford. He has received the St. Joseph Medal of Appreciation, been a member of the parish council and helped organize the Ghanaian Catholic Ministry of the Archdiocese of Hartford and has been president of the Ghanaian Catholic Ministry’s parish council for 10 years.

He will be vested by his pastor, Father John Rohan.

Bridgeport Police Sgt. Robert Allen Magnuson, 47, is a member of St. Francis of Assisi Parish in New Haven, where he is a confirmation catechist, lector and extraordinary minister and a past president of the parish council.

He and his wife Bernadette live in Seymour.

He will be vested by his pastor, Father Daniel J. McLearen.

Retired Hamden Fire Department Lt. John Francis Mordecai, 63, is a member of the Church of the Assumption in Woodbridge, where he has been a catechist, lector, choir member and extraordinary minister. He also has been a member of the Agape Prayer Community of Bridgeport.

He and his wife Clementina are the parents of triplets John, Joseph and Michael Mordecai, 31; and Elizabeth, 27.

He will be vested by his pastor, Father Gene E. Gianelli.

An attorney in private practice, Stephen Lawrence Savarese of Middlebury serves on Middlebury’s town council. He is 52 and a native of South Bend, Ind.

A member of St. John of the Cross in Middlebury, he has been an extraordinary minister and parish council member. He also is a past grand knight of the local Knights of Columbus council.

He will be vested by Father Robert Kwiatkowski.

A Waterbury native, Mark Stevens, 54, is a technical support representative for The Hartford Financial Services Inc.

The Waterbury native is a member of Blessed Sacrament Parish in Waterbury, where he has been an extraordinary minister of holy Communion.

He has been a grand knight and faithful navigator for his Knights of Columbus council and is a member of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem and the Ancient Order of Hibernians.

He and his wife Cecelia live in Waterbury.

He will be vested by Father Mark Suslenko, administrator of Sacred Heart-Sagrado Corazon Parish in Waterbury and pastor of St. Anthony Parish in Prospect.

Henry Joseph Szumowski, a Hartford native, is a member of St. Margaret Mary Parish in South Windsor, where he has been a lay minister, lector, extraordinary minister, religious education teacher and parish council member.

He and his wife Janet live in Ellington. They are the parents of a daughter, Erin Jackson, 34.

He will be vested by Father George Couturier, pastor of St. Dunstan Parish in Glastonbury.

Born in New Britain, James Francis Tanguay is a member of St. Mary Parish in Newington, where he has been a lector, extraordinary minister, confirmation teacher and parish council member. He and his wife Ellen live in Glastonbury and have two children, Andrew, 21; and Rachel, 17.

Mr. Tanguay has a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass., and a doctoral degree in chemistry from the University of Connecticut. He teaches religion and science at St. Christopher School in East Hartford.

He will be vested by Father Dennis J. Vincenzo, administrator of St. John of the Cross Parish in Middlebury.

Sixty-five-year-old Richard Joseph Wisniewski is a senior technical claims specialist for Northland Insurance. He and his wife Maryann live in Bristol and have two children, Robert, 38; and Stacey, 36; and two grandchildren.

Mr. Wisnewski is a lector, extraordinary minister, pre-Cana and RCIA team member and religious education instructor for his parish, St. Matthew in Forestville.

He will be vested by his pastor, Msgr. Thomas M. Ginty.

The holy order of deacons comprises men who are ordained clergy and who serve in various ministries of the word, liturgy, and charity and justice. Those ministries include serving during Mass; proclaiming the Gospel and, at times, preaching; officiating at wakes and funerals; witnessing marriages; bringing viaticum to the dying; solemnly baptizing; being an ordinary minister of holy Communion; promoting charity; and advancing social justice.

Applicants to the Archdiocese of Hartford’s permanent diaconate must be between the ages of 35 and 60. They may be married and may hold jobs during their candidacy and after their ordination. Single men who are ordained deacons make a promise of celibacy, and may not marry after they are ordained.

alertAt the Spring Assembly of the U.S. bishops, Cardinal Joseph Tobin suggested that a delegation ofbishops go to the border to see for themselves what was happening to newly arrived immigrants, families and children. On July 1 and 2, Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, president of the U.S. bishops conference, and five other bishops conducted a pastoral visit to the diocese of Brownsville, Texas. Stops included Mass at the Shrine of Our Lady of San Juan del Valle with the community, a visit to anHHS/OBR Shelter and Mass for the families there, a visit to the Customs and Border Patrol processing center in McAllen, TX, and a press conference at the end of their visit. Catholic News Service accompanied the bishops on their border trip. 

  1. Backgrounder and analysis of the bishops’ trip to the border: Cardinal DiNardo told CNS, “You cannot look at immigration as an abstraction when you meet” the people behind the issue.
  2. At final press conference, Cardinal Daniel Dinardo said the church was willing to be part of any conversation to find humane solutions because even a policy of detaining families together in facilities caused “concern.”
  3. Bishops serve soup to immigrant families at a center run by Catholic Charities and listen to their stories. Scranton Bishop Joseph Bambera said he found hope in hearing the people in the room talk about what’s ahead. They didn’t speak of making money but of finding safety for their children, he said, driven by “the most basic instinct to protect your family.”
  4. At an opening Mass he Basilica of Our Lady of San Juan del Valle-National Shrine near McAllen, Texas, Bishop Daniel Flores of Brownsville told Massgoers, “The bishops are visiting here so they can stop and look and talk to people and understand, especially the suffering of many who are amongst us,”

A delegation of U.S. bishops goes on a fact-finding mission at the U.S.-Mexican border to learn more about Central American immigration detention.

Following their visit to an immigrant detention center, U.S. bishops said they are even more determined to call on Congress for comprehensive immigration reform.