Deacon Update - Summer 2016


Permanent Diaconate Office-Diocese of Fall River 

Deacon Update

Summer Issue-2016

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.


CEU Reports:

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. 


New Assignments:

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 

15, 2016.  

We wish Deacon Porter and Deacon Bonneau much happiness and 

well-being in their new assignments.


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In Memoriam:

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.


Office Hours:

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

Diocesan Director

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