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Two men will be ordained as permanent deacons on May 7

News of the Diocese

May 3, 2022

Two men will be ordained as permanent deacons on May 7

After completing their formation at Saint Mary Seminary and Graduate School of Theology, two men will be ordained as deacons for service to the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland on May 7.

The ordination Mass for Scott Albert Cerrito and Michael Joseph Costantini will take place at 10 a.m. that day in the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist in downtown Cleveland. The liturgy will be livestreamed on the diocesan website and can be viewed on demand after that.

Bishop Edward Malesic will be the presider.

Cerrito, a parishioner at Our Lady of Grace Parish in Hinckley, is a retired police officer who serves as pastoral staff coordinator at St. Albert the Great Parish in North Royalton. He is married to Julie Cerrito and they have two sons.

Costantini, a parishioner at St. Barnabas Parish in Northfield, is a software sales manager. He and his wife, Francine, who is director of youth ministry for the diocese, have three children, two sons and a daughter. One of their sons is a student at Borromeo Seminary.

According to the rite of ordination of deacons, “Strengthened by the gift of the Holy Spirit, the deacons will help the bishop and his priests in the ministry of the word, of the altar and of charity, showing themselves to be servants to all.”

Ordained deacons are assigned to parishes in the diocese and they may administer baptism, serve at the altar at Mass and distribute the Eucharist; bring the Eucharist as viaticum to the dying; read the sacred Scriptures to the faithful and on occasion, to preach; to preside at the Church’s public prayer; to administer sacramentals; to assist at and bless marriages and to officiate at funeral and burial rites.

This year marks the 54th anniversary of the 1968 approval by St. Pope Paul VI for the bishops of the United States to renew the permanent diaconate as an active, permanent order of ministry.

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