Three men, with eight children among them, will be ordained at St. Joseph Cathedral, 50 Franklin St., Buffalo, on Saturday, May 23, at 10 a.m. Through the imposition of hands by Bishop Richard J. Malone, bishop of Buffalo, and the invocation of the Holy Spirit, these men will become permanent deacons, joining more than 130 other deacons in the diocese.
David Charles Armstrong, Peter James Donnelly and John Alois Owczarczak, have spent the past several years studying at Christ the King Seminary, East Aurora, to reach this point. They’ve taken classes, been on retreats, worked in ministry at parishes, health care facilities and diocesan offices, all in preparation to serve the Church. Two of the candidates currently are employed, one is retired, and all have the blessings of their wives to dedicate their time to the Church.
Armstrong, a retired teacher from Corry, PA, is a parishioner at Christ Our Hope Parish in French Creek. He found his field ministry to be particularly enlightening.
“My experiences have given me a more profound understanding and appreciation for others, especially those with addictions and the elderly,” he said. “My ministry assignments have aided in my understanding of what I was taught in class. This was done by the practical application of those teachings, my witnessing the positive effects they had on those to whom I ministered, and the responses from those individuals of when they recognized God working through me.” read more...