Three men in formation to become permanent deacons for the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland were instituted to the ministry of acolyte by Bishop Nelson Perez during the Saturday vigil Mass at St. Columbkille Church in Parma on Feb. 9.
Donald Brandt of St. John Neumann Parish, Strongsville; Francisco Miranda from St. Michael the Archangel Parish, Cleveland; and John Nelson from St. Mary of the Assumption Parish, Mentor, are in formation to become permanent deacons in the diocese. The institution to acolyte is a step in the five-year permanent diaconate formation process, which also includes study, prayer, reflection and service. Their new ministry as acolyte includes assisting the priest and deacon at the altar during Mass. They will serve during liturgies, help distribute Holy Communion and purify sacred vessels.
In his homily, Bishop Perez thanked the wives of the candidates for their willingness to sacrifice their husband’s time and attention as the deacon candidates exercise their ministry in the Church. He also said that these men were especially blessed to have been called to a deeper service as they live out their Catholic faith more intensely.
A reception in the parish hall followed the liturgy.