ACUSHNET — Diocesan seminarian Steven A. Booth (in photo) will be ordained a transitional deacon by Bishop Edgar M. da Cunha, S.D.V., in the context of an 11 a.m. Mass this Saturday, May 11, in home parish church, St. Francis Xavier, in Acushnet.
As 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.
His ordination to the transitional diaconate will begin the final leg of his journey toward the priesthood. It is anticipated that he will be ordained a priest next year.
Booth, 26, grew up in Dartmouth and is the son of Harry and Mary Ann Booth of that town. He is a graduate of Bristol County Agricultural High School.
He has prepared for the priesthood at Our Lady of Providence Seminary in Providence, R.I. during which time he attended Rhode Island College and Providence College. Since his graduation from the latter, he has continued his studies at St. John’s Seminary in Brighton. As a seminarian, he served summer assignments at St. Pius X Parish, South Yarmouth, St. Francis Xavier Parish, Hyannis, and St. John the Evangelist and St. Vincent de Paul Parishes in Attleboro.
Those interested in attending the ordination are urged to call the St. Francis Xavier Parish office at 508-995-7600 to get a ticket or leave their name, as space is limited.