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Seven deacons ordained at Saint Meinrad

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ST. MEINRAD – Seven seminarians studying at Saint Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology received the order of deacon Saturday from the Most Rev. Joseph Tobin, archbishop of Indianapolis.

The newly ordained deacons are Adam Ahern, Michael Keucher and Andrew Syberg, all of the Archdiocese of Indianapolis; Gerard Carrillo and Hiep Nguyen, Diocese of Cheyenne, Wyo.; Brother Philippe Tchalou, OSB, Monastere de l'Incarnation, Togo, West Africa; and Brother Luke Waugh OSB, Saint Meinrad Archabbey.

Other members of the class will be ordained at various times in their respective dioceses.

In the Catholic faith, a deacon can preach, baptize, witness marriages, offer Communion to the sick and aged, and perform other ministerial duties. The newly ordained deacons are transitional deacons, meaning they are preparing for ordination to the priesthood.

Many Catholic dioceses also have permanent deacons, who carry out the same role, but are not studying for the priesthood. The seminarians attend Saint Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology, which offers initial and ongoing formation for priests, permanent deacons and lay ministers. The school is operated by the Benedictine monks of Saint Meinrad Archabbey.