Archbishop Leonard P. Blair urged six men to lead by example and humility as permanent deacons at an ordination liturgy and Mass at the Cathedral of St. Joseph in Hartford on June 2. The newly ordained are Albert Anthony Cala, Alfred Gambone Jr., Robert Emmett Kiley, Michael Kristopher Malfitano, Vincent Jacques Raby and John William Thorpe. It was a joyous occasion. While the six prepared for the ceremony, the Cathedral Brass Quintet welcomed not only happy clusters of family, friends and religious, but several large parish contingents who’d traveled by bus to Hartford to celebrate the long-awaited day with a favorite deacon. At the end of the ceremony, some among the latter even broke into cheers as the archbishop read the men’s assignments.
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