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BLOOMFIELD – A railroad conductor, clinical psychologist and pathologist’s assistant are among the 10 men who will be ordained to the permanent diaconate on June 7.  Archbishop Leonard P. Blair will ordain the candidates at 11 a.m. at the Cathedral of St. Joseph in Hartford.

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 more 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:

Kenneth P. Bangs, 57, is a member of St. Patrick Parish in Collinsville. He is a clinical psychologist in private practice in Bloomfield. He holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Providence College and master’s and doctoral degrees in clinical psychology from Temple University in Philadelphia. He was a psychologist in the U.S. Army for five years in Georgia, Texas and Kansas before moving to Connecticut in 1989. Dr. Bangs and his wife Mary live in Collinsville and have four children and one granddaughter.

He will be vested by the pastor of St. Patrick, Father John P. McHugh.

Ronnie C. Bicknell, 50, is a help-desk analyst at Yale-New Haven Hospital. He is a religious education teacher and extraordinary minister of holy Communion and is on the social action committee at his parish, St. Barnabas in North Haven. He and his wife Kathryn reside in North Haven and have two children.

He will be vested by Father David Baranowski.

Steven D. Bilodeau, 60, received his Bachelor of Science degree in pathobiology from the University of Connecticut and his master’s degree in health and sciences from Quinnipiac University in Hamden. He has been a pathologists’ assistant since 1981 at Yale-New Haven Hospital. He serves his parish, St. Stephen in Hamden, as a lector, catechist and extraordinary minister of holy Communion and he is a member of the Knights of Columbus. He and his wife Lisa received the Archdiocese of Hartford’s St. Joseph Medal of Appreciation in 2013. They live in Hamden and have a son.

He will be vested by Father Jeffrey Gubbiotti.

Thomas W. Cabeen, 64, is a business leader for MasterCard International of Purchase, N.Y. He previously was on the headquarters staff of the Watchtower Society in Brooklyn, N.Y., and owned and managed a direct marketing and print production agency for more than 25 years. He and his wife Gloria converted to Catholicism and belong to St. Mary Parish in Milford. They have two married sons and three grandsons and live in Milford.

Mr. Cabeen will be vested by his pastor, Father Aidan Donahue.

Dean Anthony Maccio, 44, and his wife Elisa live in Milford and have three children. He is a lector and catechist at his parish, St. Ann in Milford, and is a member of the Connecticut Federation of Catholic School Parents. He also is on the spiritual committee of the Combined Parishes Action Committee and provides spiritual services for the local shelter. He has been a conductor for Metro-North Railroad for 21 years.

He will be vested by Father Mark Suslenko.

An active member of St. Thomas the Apostle Parish in West Hartford, James J. McCormack Jr., 51, is a territory manager for AT&T. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in speech communication from Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, N.C. He is a former Knights of Columbus council Grand Knight.He and his wife Kathy live in Hartford and have four children.

He will be vested by Father Michael Whyte.

Jacek Muszynski, 50,belongs to Sacred Heart Parish in New Britain. He runs a small home improvement business. He holds a Master of Arts degree in theology from the Catholic Theological Academy in Warsaw, Poland, and a degree in medical analysis from the Medical Laboratory School in Biaslystok, Poland. He is studying clinical pastoral education. He and his wife Violetta live in Meriden and have two children.

He will be vested by his pastor, Msgr. Daniel J. Plocharczyk.

José Alberto Robles is 47 and is a member of Most Holy Trinity Parish in Wallingford. He is employed in the service department at Stephen AutoMall Centre in Bristol. He received an associate’s degree in computer programming from Columbia College in Puerto Rico and earned his automotive technician certification from Porter and Chester Institute. He and his wife Evelyn live in Meriden and have three daughters.

He will be vested by Father Mark Suslenko.

A member of St. Therese Parish in North Haven, Ernest Scrivani, 59, is an organizational development consultant for Yale University in New Haven. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in the humanities with a concentration in religious studies from Albertus Magnus College in New Haven. He also has an associate’s degree in materials engineering from the former Norwalk State Technical College. He and his wife Louise live in West Haven. They have two sons and two grandchildren.

Mr. Scrivani will be vested by Father Daniel J. McLearen.

Laurent Yergeau, 53, belongs to St. Ann Parish in Milford, where he has been a lector and extraordinary minister of holy Communion. He is an alumnus of Wichita State University and is employed by Turnpike Lodge Inc. in Milford. Mr. Yergeau completed the two-year Catholic Biblical School program of the Archdiocese of Hartford, and he and his wife Valerie have completed the archdiocese’s two-year lay ministry program. The Yergeaus live in Hartford and have two children.

Mr. Yergeau will be vested by Msgr. John P. Conte.

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.

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.