Bishop Galante ordains transitional deacons


Photo by James A. McBride

bishopdeacons-webBishop Joseph A. Galante stands with Rev. Mr. Francis Doyun Kim, left, and Rev. Mr. Vincent Gerard Guest after ordaining them transitional deacons Dec. 17 at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Camden.

Bishop Joseph A. Galante ordained two men as transitional deacons on Saturday, Dec. 17, the next-to-last step on their way to being ordained to the priesthood.

Rev. Mr. Vincent Gerard Guest and Rev. Mr. Francis Doyun Kim were ordained to the Order of Deacon at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Camden.

After affirming that the two men were worthy to enter the Order of the Diaconate, the bishop instructed them in the duties of their office. The candidates responded by placing their hands in the bishop’s hands, and promising obedience to Bishop Galante and his successors.

Next, Bishop Galante performed the laying on of hands for each man, bestowing to each the Holy Spirit, and the conferral of the Diaconal Order.

The newly-ordained were vested with the stole and dalmatic, proper to the diaconate order. Rev. Mr. Kim was vested by Father Joseph Capella and Father John Kim, while Rev. Mr. Guest was vested by Father Walter Norris and Father David Grover.

Rev. Mr. Francis Kim, originally from South Korea, has been in the United States for two years. He has studied at the Catholic University of Korea and currently attends St. Mary’s Seminary and University, Baltimore.

Rev. Mr. Vincent Guest, from Philadelphia, is a former director of the Camden Center for Law and Social Justice. Currently, he is attending Theological College at The Catholic University, Washington, D.C.