Deacons and Wives Attend 2018 National Diaconate Congress

Deacons and Wives Attend 2018 National Diaconate Congress

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From left, Deacon Leonel and Rosa Mancilla, Sandy and Deacon Don Sifferman, Sylvia Alvares, widow of Deacon Sal Alvarez, Deacon Juan and Lita Aquino, and Deacon Raúl Mendoza.

Four of our deacons and their wives – Deacon Juan and Lita Aquino, Deacon Leonel and Rosa Mancilla, Deacon Raúl and Virginia Mendoza, and Deacon Don and Sandy Sifferman – and Sylvia Alvarez, the widow of Deacon Sal Alvarez, attended the 2018 National Diaconate Congress in New Orleans on July 22-26.

The Congress was to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the renewal of the permanent diaconate in the United States. In attendance were 1,500 deacons and their wives, over 8% of the 18,000 deacons in the U.S. The presiders for the Eucharistic Liturgy each day were: Archbishop Christophe Pierre, Apostolic Nuncio to the U.S.; Cardinal Joseph Tobin, Archbishop of Newark; Bishop Frederick Campbell, Bishop of Columbus; Archbishop Samuel Aquila, Archbishop of Denver; and Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, Archbishop of Galveston-Houston and USCCB President.

Other speakers included Archbishop Gregory Aymond of New Orleans; Bishop Shawn McKnight of Jefferson City; and Bishop Gerald Kicanas Emeritus of Tucson. It was a wonderful opportunity to listen to insightful speakers, and to share experiences with other deacons and wives from across the U.S.