Diaconate ordination


Photo by James A. McBride

diaconateordination-webBishop Joseph A. Galante ordained Rev. Mr. Phillip Max Johnson a transitional deacon of the Diocese of Camden on Saturday, Feb. 13, at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Camden. Rev. Mr. Johnson, a former Lutheran pastor with four grown children, will be ordained a priest in May. The acceptance of married men to the priesthood is an exception granted on a case by case basis for reasons of pastoral need and does not signal a change in the norm of celibacy for Latin Rite priests.