9 men from across the Archdiocese of Omaha sit at their ordination to the permanent diaconate at St. Cecilia Cathedral on May 6, 2023.


9 new deacons ordained to serve northeast Nebraska

Nine men will be sent out May 6 to mirror the love and mercy of God to everyone in the archdiocese, especially to those most in need.

They will be ordained as permanent deacons at a 10 a.m. Mass at St. Cecilia Cathedral in Omaha.

Their time is now and their service is urgently needed, said Deacon Tim McNeil, chancellor of the archdiocese and director of the permanent diaconate.

“The Lord has called these nine men for this time – a post-Christian world that desperately needs to hear the Gospel,” Deacon McNeil said.

The men, who come from nine different parishes, are ready to go, he said.

“With the support of their wives, they have spent four years praying, studying and serving their brothers and sisters in Christ. Their task now is to take the graces they receive from serving at the altar and witness Christ’s love for all, especially the poor, lonely and hopeless.”

The new deacons will join the ranks of about 200 permanent deacons who serve in the archdiocese.

Deacons serve the archbishop as they assist at Masses; preside at baptisms, weddings and funeral services; visit the sick, homebound and imprisoned; help with baptism and marriage preparation, religious education and the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults; lead Communion services and liturgies of the Word; and serve the poor, homeless and outcast.

See more about the nine men about to step into this calling.





Ordination Event Details

When: Saturday, May 6 at 10 a.m.

Where: St. Cecilia Cathedral Omaha, 701 N. 40th St., Omaha, NE 68131

How to Watch Online: View the livestream

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