Catholic deacon candidates lay before the altar during an Ordination to the Diaconate service held at Holy Angels Cathedral in Gary, Ind., Saturday, June 1, 2013. 8 new deacons received their vestments at the service. | Guy Rhodes~For Sun-Times Media
Updated: July 3, 2013 7:00AM
GARY — Eight men were ordained as deacons to the Roman Catholic Church at Holy Angels Cathedral on Saturday. Seven became traditional deacons in the church in the service conducted by Bishop Dale J. Melczek, while one was ordained as a transitional deacon and will become a priest in 2014.
“Deacons are a constant reminder that vocations are not about entitlement but embracing Jesus,” Melczek said. “They do this by encouraging us by their own example.”
Miguel Arredondo of East Chicago, Kim Eaton of Valparaiso, Stephen Grandfield of Ogden Dunes, Ralph Huber of Crown Point, Daniel Lowery of Chesterton, Jose Serrano Galarza of Gary and Frank Zolvinski of LaPorte were ordained as traditional deacons.
Achieving the ordination required six years of training, and as a traditional deacon in the church, are allowed to marry or can be married.
Christopher Stanish of Portage was ordained as a transitional deacon. He required eight years of training to prepare for becoming a priest next year.
“The Lord calls each of us to particular vocations,” Stanish said. “For me, I was called to be exclusive to the Lord. It’s a real gift to be detached from everything else and be a part of people’s most intimate moments of their lives.”