Permanent Diaconate Office-Diocese of Fall River
A Summer Prayer
“Long warm days...
The pace of life slows...
A time for picnics and rest in the shade...
Lord, help me to rest awhile
in the cooling shade of your presence.
Slow down my restless heart and fill me
with gentle compassion for all your people.” Amen.
- Author unknown
Dear Deacons, Candidates and Wives,
Congratulations to our eleven aspirants admitted to Candidacy on
June 8, 2016, by Most Reverend Edgar M. daCunha, Bishop of Fall
River! It was an enjoyable evening attended by deacons, candidates,
wives, relatives and friends. The celebration also served as our
Annual Deacon and Wives Convocation, it was wonderful that so
many members of our deacon community were able to join us in
support of our new deacon candidates. Please keep them in your
I would like to add a special word of gratitude to Fr. Bob Oliveira,
for his hospitality and his efforts to make the evening successful.
Now is the time to begin organizing the credits that you have
earned during the past year for your Continuing Education
Reports. Diocesan Guidelines mandate that you have a
minimum of 30 credit hours to report, annually. You will find
a CEU Reporting Form for 2015-2016 here.
This report is mandatory for all active Deacons to complete.
Please submit your report no later than September 1, 2016.
Deacons’ Retreat 2016:
There will be a Deacons’ Retreat this year scheduled during the
weekend of October 14-16, 2016, at the LaSalette Retreat Center,
in Attleboro, MA.
Registration will begin on Friday October 14, 2016, at 6: 30PM
and the retreat will conclude Sunday, October 16, 2016, after
10:30AM Mass. Please be reminded that it is mandatory for active
deacons to attend one retreat annually. Retired Deacons are not
obligated to attend but are most welcome. Further details will be
sent in the near future. [ Register ]
- The Most Reverend Edgar M. daCunha, Bishop of Fall River,
has accepted the retirement request of Deacon Frank Fantasia
of Christ the King Parish, in Mashpee, effective June 8, 2016.
We wish Deacon Fantasia much happiness and continued good
health during his retirement.
Most Reverend Edgar M. daCunha, Bishop of Fall River, has
appointed Deacon Gary Porter to assist Rev. Richard E. Degagne
at Immaculate Conception Parish, Easton, effective April 14,
2016, and Deacon Bruce Bonneau to assist Rev. Gregory Mathias,
V.G. at St. John Neumann Parish, East Freetown, effective on June
We wish Deacon Porter and Deacon Bonneau much happiness and
well-being in their new assignments.
The office appreciates receiving news of your updated contact
Please continue to pray for the following deceased members of
our deacon community and their families:
Deacon Marcel Morency, died on Monday, May 9, 2016, at
Sacred Heart Home.
Carolee Marie McGinley, mother of Deacon Joseph McGinley,
died Thursday, June 23, 2016 June 9, 2016.
Jackie will be away on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays,
this summer due to her conflicting work schedule:
July 12-14, 2016, July 26-28, 2016 and August 2-4, 2016
The Permanent Diaconate Office will remain open Mon-Fri from
9AM – 12PM. In case of an emergency, I can be reached at St. Mary’s Rectory, 508-995-3593.
With every good wish for a restful and peaceful summer, I remain
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Rev. Msgr. John J. Oliveira, PA