Fifteen candidates currently studying for the Permanent Diaconate in the Fall River Diocese will be installed as Readers by Bishop Edgar M. da Cunha, S.D.V., at 7 p.m., Tuesday, June 22, 2021, in Holy Trinity Church in Fall River.

Assisting Bishop da Cunha will be Reverend Robert A. Oliveira and Deacon Frank R. Lucca, Co- Directors of the Permanent Diaconate in the Diocese.

The Ministry of Reader is the first of two ministries which candidates must receive and exercise as part of their preparation for ordination as permanent deacons.

These candidates are the tenth class for the Permanent Diaconate of the Diocese of Fall River and have been in the formation program for two years.  They will continue in two more years of academic and pastoral formation before ordination as deacons.

Those to be installed as Readers and their parishes follow: James “Gus” Adams, St. Anthony Parish, East Falmouth; Jeremias Carranza, Our Lady of  Guadalupe Parish at St. James, New Bedford; Richard Fish, Jr., Christ the King Parish, Mashpee; David Gaspar, St. Francis of Assisi Parish, Swansea; Tyrone Gonsalves, Corpus Christi Parish, East Sandwich; Leonard Guyette, Corpus Christi Parish, East Sandwich; Philip Koch, St. Joan of Arc Parish, Orleans; David Laird, Christ the King Parish, Mashpee; Thomas Martin, Corpus Christi Parish, East Sandwich; Joseph Martino, St. John Neumann Parish, East Freetown; Americo Miranda, Our Lady of Grace Parish, Westport; John O’ Brien, St. Mary Parish, Mansfield; David Roderick, Corpus Christi Parish, East Sandwich; Shawn Seybert, St. Theresa of the Child of Jesus Parish, Attleboro; Scott Taveira, Our Lady of Immaculate Conception Parish, New Bedford.

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