FALL RIVER — Diocesan seminarian Ryan J. Healy will be ordained a transitional deacon by Bishop Edgar M. da Cunha, S.D.V., in an 11 a.m. Mass on Saturday, May 19, 2018, in St. Mary’s Cathedral, Fall River. All are welcome to attend.
Healy, who is 25, recently completed his third year of theological studies at St. John’s Seminary in Brighton, Mass.
Once ordained a deacon, he will be able to assist the priest at Mass and be an ordinary minister of the Eucharist, proclaim the Gospel and preach, baptize, and minister at other services.
It is anticipated that he will be ordained a priest for the Fall River Diocese next year.
An Attleboro native, Healy is the son of Richard and Christine Healy of that city. His home parish is St. John the Evangelist there, and he is a graduate of Bishop Feehan High School, also in Attleboro.
He went to Franciscan University in Steubenville, Ohio, for two years before entering Our Lady of the Providence Seminary in Providence, R.I., and Providence College from which he graduated in 2015. He then began studies at St. John’s Seminary.
As a seminarian, he spent summers assisting at Good Shepherd and St. Stanislaus Parishes in Fall River and at St. Elizabeth Seton Parish in North Falmouth.
During his final year of formation for the priesthood, Healy will complete his fourth year of theology at St. John’s and serve weekends at Holy Family Parish in East Taunton.