FALL RIVER —Fifteen candidates who are currently studying for the Fall River Permanent Diaconate were installed as Readers by Bishop Edgar M. da Cunha, S.D.V., on June 22, at Holy Trinity Church in Fall River.

Assisting Bishop da Cunha was Father Robert A. Oliveira, co- director of the Permanent Diaconate Program, and Deacon Frank R. Lucca, co-director of the Permanent Diaconate.

The Ministry of Reader is the first of two ministries which candidates must receive and exercise as part of their preparation for ordination as permanent deacon.  

These candidates are the 10th class for the Permanent Diaconate of the Diocese of Fall River and have been in the formation program for two years.  They will continue in two more years of academic and pastoral formation before ordination as deacons.  

The new Readers are; 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; 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.