‘First-class’ permanent deacon celebrates 35 years of ordained life

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NEW BEDFORD, Mass. — Deacon Leo W. Racine recently celebrated the 35th anniversary of his ordination with his wife Marguerite, family and parishioners at St. Anthony of Padua Church, New Bedford. Father Edward A. Murphy, pastor, was the principal celebrant on the same day to celebrate the feast of Corpus Christi.

Deacon Racine recalled Bishop Daniel A. Cronin ordained him as a member of the first class of permanent deacons to serve the Fall River Diocese.

Deacon Racine served at St. Julie Billiart Parish in North Dartmouth from 1980-1990, with a special assignment to the Carmelite Nuns at Sol-E Mar, South Dartmouth, until its closing in 1987.

Deacon Racine’s second assignment was to serve at St. Therese in New Bedford from 1990 until its merger with St. Joseph in New Bedford in 1999. Bishop Sean O’Malley, O.F.M., Cap., was then the Ordinary of the Fall River Diocese and included Deacon Racine as part of the merger.

In 2006, Deacon Racine officially retired from active ministry; however, he now serves at St. Anthony of Padua Church in New Bedford where and he and Marguerite were married on Sept. 1, 1958.

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