Auxiliary Bishop Christie A. Macaluso prays over candidate Hector Rangel-Guerrero, kneeling, as part of his ordination to the transitional diaconate on Feb. 6 at St. Thomas Church in Southington.
Holding the Roman Pontifical, or text of the rites of ordination, is seminarian Andres Galleano. At left is Father Carlos Piedrahita, administrator of St. Mary Parish in Newington. At right is Father Ryan Lerner, vice chancellor of the Archdiocese of Hartford and secretary to Archbishop Leonard Blair.
Transitional deacons are men who will be ordained to the priesthood. (Photo by Aaron Joseph)