FALL RIVER — Fifteen candidates currently preparing for the Permanent Diaconate for the Diocese of Fall River were installed as Acolytes by Bishop Edgar M. da Cunha, S.D.V., on June 21, in Holy Trinity Church in Fall River.
The Ministry of Acolyte is the second of two ministries that candidates receive and exercise as part of their preparation for ordination as a permanent deacon.
Assisting Bishop da Cunha was Father Robert A. Oliveira and Deacon Frank R. Lucca, who are co-directors of the Permanent Diaconate program in the diocese.
The candidates are the tenth class for the Permanent Diaconate in the history of the Diocese of Fall River and have been in the formation program for four years. They will continue with one more year of academic, pastoral, human and spiritual formation before their ordination as deacons.
Those installed as Acolytes were: James “Gus” Adams, St. Anthony Parish, East Falmouth; Jeremias Carranza, Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish at St. James, New Bedford; Richard Fish Jr., Christ the King Parish, Mashpee; David Gaspar, St. Francis of Assisi Parish, Swansea; Tyrone Gonsalves, Corpus Christi Parish, East Sandwich; Leonard Guyette, Corpus Christi Parish, East Sandwich; and Philip Koch, St. Joan of Arc Parish, Orleans.
David Laird, Christ the King Parish, Mashpee; Thomas Martin, Corpus Christi Parish, East Sandwich; Joseph Martino, St. John Neumann Parish, East Freetown; Americo Miranda, Our Lady of Grace Parish, Westport; John O’ Brien, St. Mary’s Parish, Mansfield; David Roderick, Corpus Christi Parish, East Sandwich; Shawn Seybert, St. Theresa Child of Jesus Parish, Attleboro; and Scott Taveira, Our Lady of Immaculate Conception Parish, New Bedford.