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Springfield Diocese Ordains Five New Deacons

church- Mater DolorosaSPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — The Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield has five new deacons.

Bishop Timothy McDonnell ordained the deacons during a ceremony on Saturday at St. Michael’s Cathedral. They are David Culliton of Greenfield; Keith Davies of Ware; George Galli of Williamstown; Daniel Romanello of West Stockbridge; and Spencer Trova of Pittsfield.

Each man has already completed four years of academic and formation training. All five men are married.

As deacons, they have specifically designated liturgical duties, and can assist priests and bishops.

Their primary focus is one of service to the church in practical ways, very often by organizing charitable works within their parish.

There ordination will bring the number of deacons in the diocese to 77.