Eight Men to Be Ordained Permanent Deacons at Cathedral Oct. 31

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Cardinal Dolan will ordain eight men to the permanent diaconate for the archdiocese at a Mass Saturday, Oct. 31, at 9 a.m. at St. Patrick’s Cathedral.

Deacon Stephen Broussard, 59, is a parishioner at St. Columba, Hopewell Junction, where he has served as a lector, extraordinary minister of Holy Communion and most recently as an acolyte at daily Mass. He coordinates the Adoration Chapel at St. Columba with Deacon Chris Merenda. A founding member of the parish’s St. Joseph’s Men’s Group, he works with their “Every Kid Deserves a Bed Project” and Saturday morning Bible study. He also works on the parish’s Midnight Run, serving the homeless of New York City. He and his wife, Laurie, have been married for 29 years and have two daughters, Renee and Erin. He has worked in information technology for 37 years, the last 26 with Prudential Financial.

Deacon Harold Hochstein, 74, is a lifelong parishioner of St. Francis of Assisi, Mount Kisco. He is a retired computer software developer, having worked for Reader’s Digest for 28 years and American Can Company for 12 years. After the loss of his first wife, Donna, 23 years ago, he raised their three sons, Joseph, Daniel and John. A former trustee of St. Francis of Assisi, he has served the parish as an acolyte, extraordinary minister of Holy Communion, altar server for funeral Masses, leader of two Bible study classes, and performed pastoral ministry at Northern Westchester Hospital. He volunteers with his wife, JoAnne, at the Mount Kisco Interfaith Food Pantry and the Emergency Shelter Partnership. In addition to his wife and sons, he also has a stepdaughter, Julie, and a granddaughter, Ellie. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Iona College and a master’s from Adelphi University, both in mathematics.

Deacon Dennis McCormack, 62, is a parishioner at St. Columba, Hopewell Junction, where he has served as an extraordinary minister of Holy Communion and lector. He has been an active member of the Capuchin Youth and Family Ministries in Garrison, including as a volunteer leader on retreats and mission trips. He is grateful for the service opportunities and spiritual formation he has received from the Capuchin Friars of the Province of St. Mary. He has been employed at IBM Corp. for 40 years. He and his wife, Allison, have been married for 38 years and have raised four children: Kelly, Erin, Heather and Kyle. He is an alumnus of SUNY Brockport.

Deacon Kevin McGuirk, 60, is a parishioner of St Martin de Porres, Poughkeepsie, where he has served as an acolyte, extraordinary minister of Holy Communion, lector and catechist. He is a third-degree Knight of Columbus in St. Martin de Porres Council. He has worked at IBM for 37 years and is a project manager. He and his wife, Janet, have been married for 35 years and have two daughters, Shannon and Maggie. He earned a bachelor’s degree in business management from Marist College and a master’s in business administration in finance from Pace University.

Deacon Jonathan Reyes, 58, is a parishioner of St. Teresa of the Infant Jesus on Staten Island. A pediatrician, he provides emergent and urgent needs at Kinder Pediatrics Urgent Care, and in preventive/primary care at Comprehensive Pediatrics in Edison, N.J. He and his wife, Macrina, have been married for 30 years and have three children: Jonathan, Justin and Josephine. As a family, they all actively serve the Church. Mrs. Reyes is the RCIA coordinator with Deacon Reyes, and together they are Pre-cana facilitators. He earned an undergraduate degree in biology from the University of St. Thomas in Manila, Philippines, and a doctorate in medicine from Remedios Romualdez Medical Foundation in the Philippines.

Deacon Paul Stolz, 53, is a parishioner of St. Peter and St. Mary of the Assumption in Haverstraw. He has served as a lector, extraordinary minister of Holy Communion and is co-director of the parish Passion play. He and his wife, Bernadette, have been married for 30 years and have three daughters. He is the manager of homeless programs at Veterans Administration Hudson Valley Health Care System. He graduated from Dominican College in Orangeburg and Columbia University with degrees in social work.

Deacon Keith White, 64, is a parishioner of St. Christopher and St. Sylvia in Red Hook. He has served as a lector, extraordinary minister of Holy Communion, acolyte and is a member of the Holy Name Society and RCIA team. He and his wife, MaryAnn, have been married for 35 years. He is an employee of the New York City Department of Environmental Protection as an associate project manager with the Bureau of Engineering, Design and Construction. He attended Rochester Institute of Technology.

Deacon Mark Wisniewski, 61, is a parishioner of St. Mary’s, Wappingers Falls, where he served as an extraordinary minister of Holy Communion, lector, RCIA coordinator, adult faith formation coordinator and food pantry coordinator. He is retired, having worked for IBM for 35 years. He and his wife, Marisa, have been married for 34 years and have three grown children: Francesca, Teresa and Adam; and three grandchildren and another grandchild due this month. He earned a bachelor’s degree in computer science.

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