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The Classes of 1979, 1994 and 2019 were honored at this year’s St. Lawrence Celebration of Ordination held at St. Stephen Protomartyr Church in Des Plaines.

More than 140 deacons, wives and families gathered for a Mass and meal. As part of the Mass, all the deceased members of the Diaconate community—past and present —were recognized.

Members of the 40-year class and 25-year class received certificates of appreciation and pins, while the newly ordained received their archdiocesan stoles as a gift from Cardinal Blase Cupich. All of the jubilarians and newly ordained were congratulated by Father Mike Ahlstrom, vicar emeritus, and the rest of the congregation.

Deacons Tony Cocco, left, and William Stearns, both members of the class of 1994, assisted Father Michael Ahlstrom, vicar emeritus, during the Celebration of Ordination Mass at St. Stephen Protomartyr Church. (Photos courtesy of Deacon Hans Goeckner)
Deacon Francisco and Rosa Ramos, and Deacon Chuck and Georgia Jindrich, of the class of 1979, were honored at the St. Lawrence Day Mass.
Several members of the class of 1994 attended the St. Lawrence Day Mass and festivities.
The Diaconate community enjoyed the hospitality and food at St. Stephen Protomartyr Parish.