Become a Deacon

Deacon Ordination

A new class of permanent and transitional deacons were ordained on Saturday, May 11, 2024 at Holy Name Cathedral.

A Catholic deacon is one who is ordained to diakonia, that is, a service to God’s People in communion with the bishop and his body of priests. “The principal function of the deacon is to collaborate with the bishop and the priests in the exercise of a ministry which is not of their own wisdom but of the Word of God, calling all to conversion and holiness” (National Directory, USCCB, 2005, p. 16-17).

The newly ordained deacons will assist the bishop and his priests in ministries of the Word, Liturgy and Charity. This includes proclaiming the Gospel, leading intercessions, preaching, preparing the altar, celebrating baptisms, leading the faithful in prayer, distributing holy communion, witnessing marriages and conducting wake and funeral services. Deacons also identify the needs of poor and underserved, and shepherd the Church's resources to meet those needs.

2024 Cohort

  • Eustolio Acosta and Mari de Lourdes Rodriguez
    St. Rita of Cascia, Chicago
  • Juan Chavez and Araceli Chavez
    Blessed Martyrs of Chimbote, Argo
  • Alfredo Cortes
    Our Lady of Mercy, Chicago
  • Victor De Avila and Blanca De Avila
    St. Albert the Great, Burbank
  • Mario Delgado and Graciela Delgado
    St. Anthony of Padua, Chicago
  • Richard Duda and Kimberly Duda
    Our Lady of the Woods, Orland Park
  • Mario Henriquez and Maria Violeta Henriquez
    Most Blessed Trinity, Waukegan
  • Ivan Vargas and Eliboria Marquez-Vargas
    Our Lady of the Snows, Chicago
  • Arnoldo Martinez and Blanga Godinez
    Ss. Genevieve and Stanislaus, Bishop and Martyr, Chicago
  • Juan Edgar Ortiz-Gomez and Azucena Ortiz
    Ss. Genevieve and Stanislaus, Bishop and Martyr, Chicago
  • Adolfo Ramirez and Estela Gonzalez
    Misión San Juan Diego, Arlington Heights
  • Rafael Yanez and Leticia Yanez
    Immaculate Conception and Five Holy Martyrs, Chicago