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2016 Annual Convocation of the Boston Diaconate Community
Saturday, October 8, 2016 RCAB Pastoral Center, Braintree 8:30 AM – 3:00 PM

Featured Speakers: Deacon Stephen M. Lape, LCSW
“Addiction: Challenges for Pastoral Ministry”

Mother Olga of the Sacred Heart
“Where Justice and Mercy Meet”

Panel Presentation: “ What are Deacons Doing to Promote The New Evangelization”
Response to the Survey

Liturgy at 12:00 Noon Lunch at 1:00 PM

Open to all Deacons, Candidates, Aspirants, and Wives Please register free of charge by contacting Deacon Paul Coughlin by mail, phone or e-mail: Deacon Paul Coughlin Office of Diaconal Life and Ministry 66 Brooks Drive Braintree, MA 02184 Tel.: 617-746-5690 e-mail:

Permanent Diaconate Inquirers Program: Is Christ Calling You? (September/October 2016)

If you are discerning God’s possible call to serve the Church as a minister of Charity, Word, and Sacrament as an ordained deacon in the Archdiocese of Boston, you and your wife are invited to take part in the upcoming Inquirer program. The program consists four sessions:

Session I: Who is the Deacon and am I one who is called?
(Session I will be held numerous times throughout the Archdiocese. Inquirers are invited to choose from ONE of the following options for Session I.)
All sessions are from 7:00-8:30 EXCEPT September 21st at St. Maria Goretti’s which will be from 6:30-8:00

  • September 20, 2016: St. Theresa’s Parish (West Region), 35 South Main Street, Sherborn
  • September 20, 2016 St. Jerome’s Parish (South Region), 632 Bridge Street, Weymouth
  • September 21, 2016 St. Maria Goretti Parish (North Region), 112 Chestnut Street, Lynnfield
  • September 27, 2016 Our Lady of Lourdes Parish (South Region), 439 West Street, Brockton
  • October 3, 2016 Episcopal Vicar’s Office (Central Region), 841 East Broadway, Boston
  • October 3, 2016 Sacred Hearts Parish (Merrimack Region), 165 South Main Street, Haverhill

Session II: How does diaconate ministry fit into marriage and family life?

  • Tuesday October 18, 2016, 7:00-8:30pm (Pastoral Center, Braintree)

Session III: Application process, Canon Law, Formation from the wives perspective

  • Tuesday October 25, 2016, 7:00-8:30pm (Pastoral Center, Braintree)

Session IV: Half-day discernment retreat Saturday

  • November 12, 2016, 10:00AM–2:00PM (with lunch provided). Pastoral Center, Braintree

Those who are interested in the Diaconate are strongly encouraged to attend all four events along with their wives. Please email Deacon Christopher Connelly at to sign up or to receive more information. The next group to be admitted into formation will begin classes in September 2017 at the Theological Institute for the New Evangelization (TINE) in Brighton. Our Church is global and multicultural and so we actively seek men for the diaconate from our many cultural communities in the Archdiocese. Academic classes are offered in English, however he are committed to offering support for those for whom English is not the primary language. The Aspirancy Class beginning in the fall 2018 will have some classes available in Spanish.


The Most Rev. Peter J. Uglietto, S.T.D., Vicar General and Moderator of the Curia for the Archdiocese of Boston, announced the appointment of Deacon Christopher Z. Connelly as Director of Permanent Diaconate Formation for the Archdiocese.

Currently the Academic Dean at Bishop Connolly High School in Fall River, MA, he begins his new duties immediately and will be assisted by Rev. Msgr. William P. Fay, Director of Campus Ministry and Interim Director of the Permanent Diaconate, through the end of May.

“We are grateful for Deacon Connelly’s desire to join the Archdiocese in this important role,” said Bishop Uglietto. “His many talents, experiences and inspirational example of fidelity to Christ will serve him well as he prepares to undertake the work ahead. We are blessed that he has responded wholeheartedly to the invitation to guide future aspirants and candidates in their vocation discernment.”

In accepting the position, Deacon Connelly said, “I became a deacon to walk with others to Christ. My ministry has been focused on leading, joining, encouraging and serving others along the journey to Jesus Christ. I am privileged to continue this journey with the prayers and support of Cardinal Seán, Bishop Uglietto and my fellow deacons. I am grateful for the support and fellowship of Msgr. Fay and I welcome the opportunity to join the Archdiocese at this exciting time in the life of the Church.”

A resident of East Bridgewater, MA, Deacon Connelly was ordained to the Order of Deacon in September 2011. Since his ordination, he has been assigned to the Tri-Parish Collaborative in Brockton which includes the parishes of St. Edith Stein, Christ the King and Our Lady of Lourdes.

He re-joined Bishop Connolly High School in 2014, where he had been a teacher, religion department chair, campus minister and track and field coach from 1997-2003. From 2003-2014 he was a teacher and religion department chair as well as track and junior high golf coach at Sacred Heart School in Kingston, MA. He began his career as a teacher at The Prout School in Wakefield, RI in 1995.

Msgr. Fay said, “Deacon Connelly’s faith-filled devotion to Christ and the Church is a blessing for the Archdiocese. He brings extensive experience, commitment and joy to the diaconate. We pray that the Holy Spirit, through the work of Deacon Connelly, inspires others to follow the call to walk in the footsteps of Christ.”

In his new role, Deacon Connelly will supervise the recruitment, evaluation, selection, and first assignment of inquirers, aspirants, and candidates. He will be responsible for presenting to the Bishop the recommendation on suitability of aspirants and candidates to the permanent diaconate. He will also oversee and administrate the full program of formation to the permanent diaconate according to the National Directory for the Formation, Ministry, and Life of Permanent Deacons in the United States. Among his other responsibilities will be the selection of faculty, as well as to develop and oversee the human, spiritual, academic and pastoral studies for the diaconate program, with attention to the needs of the Spanish-speaking candidates. Curriculum, faith formation and ensuring that all faculty, staff and candidates are properly oriented to and committed to the Pastoral Plan of the Archdiocese, Disciples in Mission will be an essential responsibility.

Deacon Dan Burns stepping down as Director of Formation

After almost seven years as Director of Formation for the Permanent Diaconate I will be leaving my position at the end of August  to dedicate more time to family needs and pastoral ministry.  It has been a privilege and joy to serve Cardinal Sean, the diaconate community, and the many holy and generous men and their wives and families who offer themselves to the ministry of Christ's service in the world.  It is a blessing to be in the company of such amazing people and to see the work of the Holy Spirit made manifest in their lives.  I am humbled to be in their company and serve them.  I also offer my deepest, heartfelt thanks to the entire diaconate community – it is through your prayers and support that the program bears fruit.  It is also through your compassionate ministry in the Archdiocese that vocations are stirred in the hearts of God’s people – vocations to the diaconate and vocations to lives of holy service within the laity.

Msgr. Bill Fay will be named the Interim Director of Formation until a new deacon director of formation is appointed by the Cardinal.  Thank you for your continued prayers for all those in formation, in particular for the 12 candidates to be ordained on October 17, 2015.

In peace and gratitude,

Five Deacons To Receive Chevrus Award

Cardinal Seán will present 116 Cheverus Award Medals to  lay persons, deacons and religious during a 3 pm Vespers Service this Sunday, November 23, at the Cathedral of The Holy Cross.    First presented in 2008 at the conclusion of the Archdiocese’s bicentennial, the annual award recognizes Catholics for their dedicated service to the Church.  The medal is named for the city’s first bishop, Jean-Louis Lefebvre de Cheverus, who led the diocese from 1808 until his return to France in 1824. Bishop Cheverus died in 1836 as the archbishop of Bordeaux.  The oval-shaped medal is made of sterling silver and bears a likeness of Bishop Cheverus based on the Gilbert Stuart portrait. On the reverse side is Bishop Cheverus’ coat of arms.

The medal recipients are chosen for their service to the Church and God’s people.  Most recipients are nominated by their pastor, forwarded by their area vicar and approved by their regional bishop and Cardinal O’Malley.  Some recipients are personally selected by Cardinal O’Malley.   Each year, one third of the parishes of the archdiocese are asked to nominate a parishioner, therefore most parishes will have one honoree every three years.  The criteria given to pastors is that the nominee should be a lay person who has served the parish well over an extended period of time and has done so in a quiet, unassuming and, perhaps, unrecognized fashion.

The Regional Bishops each year are asked to nominate from their respective regions a religious and a deacon of similar qualifications to be honored with the Cheverus medal. The Central Ministries of the Archdiocese also make nominations from among religious, deacons and lay persons who serve on Archdiocesan committees or lead important ministries. 

There is no limit to the number of family members and friends who can join the honoree at the Cathedral. The presence of the pastor and a delegation of parishioners is warmly encouraged to help underline the appreciation and gratitude of the parish towards the honoree.

We congratulate the five deacons of the Archdiocese who will receive the award this Sunday:

Deacon Marcio O. Fonseca
Deacon James Greer
Deacon John W. Pepi
Deacon Luis Rivera
Deacon Kenneth N. Ryan

For more information on the Award and for a list of previous award recipients, please visit  Please also see the story in The Pilot regarding the awards

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