PHILADELPHIA >> Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap. ordained Newtown resident Steve Javie and six others to the Permanent Diaconate for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia during a Rite of Ordination on June 8.
The service took place following the Liturgy of the Word on Saturday, June 8 at 10 a.m. at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, 18th Street and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia 19103.
Each has completed six years of formation at Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary.
Permanent Deacons are members of the clergy of the Catholic Church. They may be single or married males. As ministers at the altar, permanent deacons assist the priest and bishop at the Liturgy. They proclaim God’s Word, preach and teach, baptize, may witness marriages, carry out funeral rites at the vigil and the grave, administer Holy Communion to the sick and dying, and perform other works of charity.
Javie is a member of St. Andrew Parish in Newtown where he resides with his wife, Mary-ellen. Steven graduated from Temple University with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. He has retired as a referee from the National Basketball Association and now works part time as a referee analyst for ESPN/ABC during NBA telecasts.
Others being ordained are: Melvin Burton Jr., a member of St. Martin de Porres Parish in Philadelphia; Michael J. Cipressi, a member of St. Philip Neri Parish in Lafayette Hill; Mathew D. Coyne, a member of St. Joseph Parish in Downingtown; William J. Griffin, a member of St. Anselm Parish in Philadelphia; Christopher J. Hilden, a member of St. Anastasia Parish in Newtown Square; and Gary D. Schoenenberger, a member of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Parish in Hilltown.