BELLEVILLE — Eleven new deacons were ordained in the Catholic Diocese of Belleville on Saturday.
The deacons are ordained for three ministries: charity and service; "the word," or teaching and evangelizing; and liturgy, or church services. The term "deacon" derives from a Greek word that means "service" or "ministry." However, deacons do not perform sacraments, say Mass or hear confessions. They can be married, but if they are ordained as single or become widowers during their service, they take a vow of celibacy.
The new deacons include: Christopher Andrews, of Immaculate Conception in Bridgeport; Stephen AuBuchon, of St. Francis of Assisi in Aviston; Archie Bowers Jr., of St. Clement in McLeansboro; Timothy DeRousse, of Queen of Peace in Belleville; David Fields, of the Cathedral of St. Peter in Belleville; John Fridley, of St. George in New Baden; Thomas Helfrich, of Ss. Peter and Paul in Waterloo; Stephen Lowe, of St. Mary in Mount Carmel; Michael Rowland, of St. Andrew in Christopher; Corby Valentine of St. Joseph in Freeburg; and Wayne Weiler of the Cathedral of St. Paul in Belleville.
Each deacon will serve at least one year in his home parish before he may be reassigned throughout the diocese.