Ministry of Acolyte Installation - June 19 2018


Nine candidates who are studying for the Fall River Permanent Diaconate have been installed as acolytes at a Mass celebrated by Most Reverend Edgar da Cunha, Bishop of Fall River, on Wednesday, June 19, 2018, at 7:00 p.m., at Holy Name of the Sacred Heart of Jesus Church, in New Bedford.

Assisting Bishop da Cunha, was Reverend Robert J. Oliveira and Deacon Frank Lucca, Co-Directors of the Permanent Diaconate Program.   

The ministry of acolyte is the second of two ministries which candidates must receive and exercise as part of their preparation for ordination as a permanent deacon. 

These candidates are the ninth class for the Permanent Diaconate of the Diocese and have been in the formation program for three years.  They will continue in one more year of academic and pastoral formation before ordination as deacons:

Priests were invited to join the pastors of the candidates, priests who are their Spiritual Directors, and Formation Instructors, in concelebrating the Mass.  Deacons and Wives from the diocese and the families of the candidates were invited to join in prayer at this Mass.

The candidates and parishes include:


Richard Bisson, Sr., Christ the King Parish, Mashpee

Keith Caldwell, Our Lady of Victory Parish, Centerville,

Gary Donahue, Holy Cross Parish, Easton

Kevin Gingras, Holy Family Parish, Taunton

David Harum, St Vincent DePaul Parish, Attleboro

George Hults, Corpus Christi Parish, Sandwich

Antonio Pimental, St Francis Xavier Parish, Acushnet

Paul Spearin, St Ann Parish, Raynham

Matthew Sweeney, St Theresa of the Child of Jesus Parish, Attleboro

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