STEUBENVILLE - Six men, including Richard G. Adams, Thomas F. Maedke and Stephen F. Miletic of Steubenville, along with Mark A. Erste Sr. of Bloomingdale, recently were ordained permanent deacons for the Catholic Diocese of Steubenville.
Daniel P. Murray of Athens and Lee V. Weisend of Marietta also were ordained permanent deacons.
Bishop Jeffrey M. Monforton ordained the men during a Mass at Holy Name Cathedral.
NEW DEACONS — Six men of the Steubenville Catholic Diocese recently were ordained as permanent deacons during ceremonies at Holy Name Cathedral. The new permanent deacons are, from left, Mark A. Erste Sr., Stephen F. Miletic, Richard G. Adams, Bishop Jeffrey M. Monforton of the Steubenville Catholic diocese, Thomas F. Maedke, Lee V. Weisend and Daniel P. Murray. - Contributed
"It will be their duty, at the bishop's direction, to exhort believers and unbelievers alike and to instruct them in holy doctrine. They will preside over public prayer, administer baptism, assist at and bless marriages, bring viaticum to the dying and conduct funeral rites," said Monforton.
"As deacons, that is, as ministers of Jesus Christ, who came among his disciples as one who served, do the will of God from the heart: serve the people in love and joy as you would the Lord. Since no one can serve two masters, look upon all defilement and avarice as serving false gods," continued the bishop.
The diaconate program was begun by former Bishop R. Daniel Conlon, when he was the fourth bishop of the Diocese of Steubenville. He is serving as the bishop of Joliet, Ill.
The Diocese of Steubenville linked with the Diocese of Columbus, Ohio, for the academic portion of the program, which began in January 2010.
The men studied at the Pontifical College Josephinum, Columbus. In addition, they have participated in retreats and formation sessions, as well as pastoral activities in their parishes.
Adams resides in Steubenville with his wife RoseMary and they are members of Triumph of the Cross Parish, Steubenville. He is the pharmacy director at Harrison Community Hospital, Cadiz.
Erste resides in Bloomingdale with his wife Martina and sons, Mark Jr. and Benjamin. They are members of St. John Fisher Parish in Richmond. Erste is director of institutional research at Franciscan University of Steubenville.
Maedke and his wife Sharon are parents and grandparents. They are members of St. Peter Parish. He is employed at McBane Insurance and Financial Services, Wintersville.
Miletic and his wife Joyce also are parents and grandparents. He and his wife are members of Holy Family Parish, Steubenville. He is a professor of scripture at Franciscan University of Steubenville.
A resident of Athens with his wife Lisa, Murray is the coordinator/teacher of gifted education for the Nelsonville-York City Schools. He and his wife are parents and grandparents and are members of St. Paul Parish, Athens.
Weisend resides in Marietta with his wife Karen Sue. They are members of St. Mary Parish and have two children and five grandchildren. He is a recent retiree.
Applications have been made by eight men to begin a new course of study for the diaconate.