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11 start deacon training

MANCHESTER — Eleven men from across the state on Saturday will begin four years of training required to be ordained as permanent deacons in the Catholic Diocese of Manchester.

The candidates are: Kevin Cody, Karl Cooper, Joseph Dion, all of Manchester; Leland Fastnacht, Salem; Richard Hilton, Wolfeboro; Stephen Kaneb, South Hampton; Fintan Moore, Keene; William Stuart, Loudon; Terry Sullivan, Hampstead; Lam Tran, Manchester; and Steve Veneman, Nashua.

A permanent deacon is an ordained minister of the Catholic church who works with the bishops and priests. They can proclaim the Gospel and preach, perform certain sacraments —including baptism — and preside at marriage ceremonies.

Permanent deacons also help in parishes, serve as hospital and prison chaplains, preside at funerals and wakes and minister to the sick, home bound and refugees.

The Permanent Diaconate Formation Program lasts four years and has two parts: One year of Aspirancy followed by three years of Candidacy, when the candidate undergoes further academic, spiritual and pastoral training.

The program culminates in a candidate’s ordination as a permanent deacon by the Bishop of Manchester.

Men interested in becoming deacons are encouraged to speak with their pastors and families. More information may be found at

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