Two men ordained permanent deacons
Two men of the archdiocese pledged to serve the Catholic faithful as permanent deacons Aug. 6 at St. Cecilia Cathedral in Omaha.
David Bang of St. Vincent de Paul Parish and Kevin Fuller of St. Leo the Great Parish, both in Omaha, were ordained during a Mass celebrated by Archbishop George J. Lucas, and concelebrated by retired Bishop William J. Dendinger of Grand Island. Fuller began his diaconate formation in the Diocese of Grand Island.
"Deacons are called and sent by Jesus," Archbishop Lucas said in his homily. "You are being ordained today and Jesus is sending you out during this Jubilee of Mercy."
"Jesus is the personification of God’s mercy," he said. "Now you two will enflesh this in many predictable ways – celebrating baptisms and marriages, burying the dead, bringing Communion to the homebound, carrying viaticum to the dying, ministering at the altar, proclaiming the Gospel and preaching.
"Jesus is personally present in these moments, but we know that the merciful Jesus also likes to be present in less formal, grittier settings," he said. "Jesus has depended on deacons to bring him to these places. You bring Jesus to those he most wants to meet."
Deacons Bang and Fuller said they are thankful to all those who helped them in their formation, and expressed their eagerness to serve others.
"I look forward to serving the marginalized, serving the overlooked, and serving in my role at Marian," said Deacon Fuller, who is a religion teacher and campus minister at Marian High School in Omaha. "Really just getting out and being with the people."
Deacon Bang said he felt the Holy Spirit’s presence.
"This day was a long time coming – it’s been a wonderful event, with the Holy Spirit working through it," he said.