Ordination of Permanent Deacons, October 2015

On this past Saturday, October 17th, Cardinal Sean O’Malley ordained twelve men as Permanent Deacons at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross. The Cathedral was filled, in which present were priests, deacons, family & friends of those ordained. As Cardinal O’Malley ordained each man, he instructs them to “Receive the Gospel of Christ, whose herald you now are. Believe what you read, teach what you believe, and practice what you teach.”


2015 Deacons and Cardina Sean O’Malley Photo credit: George Martel


Photo Credit- George Martel Newly Ordained Deacons with their Lectionary

Those ordained have been in preparation since 2011, through studies and a discernment process. The vocation of a Deacon is a beautiful one and a much needed in our Church.  And among those twelve, three have been assigned to assist at the Office of Outreach and Cultural Diversity along with their parish assignment.


Deacons making their vows laying down on the altar- Photo Credit: George Martel

Meet those assigned to our Office:

Biographies taken from the Boston Pilot article:

Nicolas Cruz

Nicolas and Ramona were married in 1975. The couple has six boys, Noel, Nicholas Jr. Carlos, Omar, Raul, and Marcos who were all born in the Bronx and grew up as Yankees fans. The family currently belongs to St. James Church in Haverhill. Nicolas has worked as Spanish Teacher, Master Level Clinician, and Social Worker. Ramona works in The Congregation of the Presentation of Mary in Methuen.  Nicolas’ favorite prayer is The Prayer of St. Francis. For Nicolas the four years of formation were a great experience that has changed his life. 


Deacon Cruz & Cardinal O’Malley in the peace embrace – Photo Credit: George Martel


Cardinal O’Malley praying over Deacon Cruz

Mr. Cruz is assigned to St. James and St. John Parishes in Haverhill and to the Office of Cultural Diversity for the Archdiocese.


Joseph Emmanuel Dorlus 

Mr. Dorlus and his wife Marie Cecile Widleine are members of Saint Angela Merici Parish in Boston.  The Dorlus’ have two children, Gaelle and Gidley.  Joseph’s career includes positions as an economist and an accountant as well as time spent working in business administration and also as a Pastoral Associate. His faith journey began at Catholic School in St. Marc Haiti and continued to grow after he and his family joined Saint Angela Merici Parish. Mr. Dorlus understood he was called to the Diaconate from discussion he had with his pastor, Fr. William P. Joy, who approached him more than once to talk about becoming a Deacon.


Deacon Dorlus and his Family Photo Credit: George Martel


Cardinal O’Malley praying over Deacon Dorlus

Mr. Dorlus is assigned to Saint Angela Merici Parish in Mattapan and Saint Matthew and Saint Gregory Parishes in Dorchester.  His Diocesan appointment is to the Office of Cultural Diversity.

Jose B. Torres

Mr. Torres and his wife Elva are members of St. Benedict Parish in Somerville.  The Torres’ have two children, Jocelyn, a Physician’s Assistant, and Jose Jr. who is a freshman in college.  Mr. Torres works as a mechanic of construction equipment.  Mr. Torres has found spiritual guidance from Fr. Robert Carr, Fr. Reynaldo Escobar, Fr. Oscar Martin, Fr. Carlos Lopez, and Deacon Marcio Fonseca during his discernment of his vocation to the Diaconate. His call to the Diaconate began with a desire to help people, especially people from different cultures. Mr. Torres thanks his family for being by his side through this journey and to all his friends from St. Benedict Parish and all the parishes around Somerville, but most importantly he thanks God for this great gift.


Cardinal O’Malley Praying over Deacon Torres Photo Credit: George Martel


Cardinal O’Malley Embracing Deacon Torres during the embrace of peace. Photo Credit: George Martel

Deacon Torres’ assignment is to St. Benedict Parish in Somerville and to the Office of Cultural Diversity.

For more pictures of the ordination please click here 

Comments are closed.