Due to the uncertainty of the timing and the projected impact of Hurricane Irma, the Catholic Diocese of Palm Beach announces the cancellation of the Ordination of Permanent Deacons which was scheduled to take place this Saturday, September 9 at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Palm Beach Gardens. Four men who completed the diocese’s five-year Diaconate Formation Program were to be ordained to the Sacramental Order of Permanent Diaconate by Most Reverend Gerald M. Barbarito, Bishop Palm Beach, in front of the men’s family and friends. Normally in attendance at this special Mass are parishioners and the faithful community of churches from all over the five-counties of the Diocese of Palm Beach.
The Diocese of Palm Beach regrets the cancellation of the Ordination Mass but states it decided to do so out of an abundance of caution and concern for the safety of all involved. However, by mutual agreement with the men to be ordained and to avoid any additional delays given the uncertainties which may follow in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, Bishop Barbarito arranged a small private ordination ceremony which is to be held tonight at the Cathedral of St. Ignatius Loyola in Palm Beach Gardens.
In the Catholic Church, deacons are ordained as ministers of the Word, Sacrament and Charity. Deacons currently serve the Diocese of Palm Beach in parishes, schools, nursing homes, faith formation programs, prisons and hospitals. Men ordained will generally receive a parish assignment as well as a ministry of service to the diocese.
The Catholic Diocese of Palm Beach encompasses the five counties of Palm Beach, Martin, St. Lucie, Indian River and Okeechobee. Comprised of 280,000 Catholics in 53 parishes and missions, the Diocese also serves the faithful community through its schools.