Bishop of Manchester ordains 2 transitional deacons
MANCHESTER — Bishop Peter A. Libasci ordained Jeffrey A. Paveglio and Michael S. Zgonc to the transitional diaconate at St. Joseph Cathedral on Saturday, May 25.
The diaconate is the first of three ranks of ordained ministry in the Catholic church, which also include priesthood and the episcopacy, or ministry of a bishop.
Men studying for the priesthood are ordained as transitional deacons prior to beginning their final year of study before ordination to the priesthood.
Some of the duties assigned to deacons include preaching at Mass, baptizing and celebrating weddings.
Paveglio, 27, was born in Concord and graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 2007 with a bachelor’s degree in political science. During college, he participated in ROTC and received an honorable discharge.
He entered St. Mary Seminary in Baltimore in the fall of 2007. At that time he was accepted as a chaplain candidate for the New Hampshire Army National Guard.
He is a member of the St. Mary’s Seminary Schola and serves as a cantor. His summer parish assignments during seminary included St. John Neumann Parish in Merrimack and St. Andre Bessette Parish in Laconia, where he also served a pastoral year.
This summer, he will be serving in Good Shepherd Parish in Berlin.
Paveglio was to be vested as a transitional deacon at his ordination by the Rev. Paul M. Gousse, pastor of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Parish in Rochester and Saint Leo Parish in Gonic.
Zgonc, 30, was born in Akron, Ohio. He graduated from the University of Toledo in 2005 with a degree in business administration.
Following college, he worked as a human resources representative at BAE Systems in Nashua. He entered St. Mary Seminary in Baltimore in the fall of 2008.
In April, the faculty of St. Mary’s named him the Cardinal Shehan Scholar for 2013-2014, with a grant of $1,000 to foster his education.
His summer parish assignments during seminary included Christ the King Parish in Concord, and the St. Joseph Cathedral in Manchester. This summer, he will be serving in Saint Andre Bessette Parish in Laconia.
Zgonc was to be vested as a transitional deacon at his ordination by the Rev. Gary J. Belliveau, pastor of Corpus Christi Parish in Portsmouth.
The Diocese of Manchester currently has 12 men preparing for the priesthood at seminaries in Baltimore, Md; Brighton, Mass; and Providence, R.I.
For more information about vocations to the priesthood and religious life, visit www.CatholicNH.org/Vocations.