Archbishop will ordain 20 permanent deacons for service in archdiocese
Tuesday, June 22, 2010 9:25 AM
Archbishop Donald Wuerl will ordain the following 20 men as permanent deacons for the Archdiocese of Washington on June 26 at 9:30 a.m. at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception:
Francis Edward Baker Jr. retired from the Department of the Navy with 34 years of service. Baker, a licensed professional engineer and research scientist, has degrees from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Sloan School of Business, and the Naval War College. He has taught science, engineering, and management at VPI&SU, USNA, and UMUC. Baker and his wife, Nora, have been married 44 years and have three children and seven grandchildren. They have been members of St. Anthony of Padua Parish, North Beach, since 1999.
Baker has been involved in many parish ministries and community activities including lector and acolyte, extraordinary minister of Holy Communion, bereavement ministries, hospice volunteer, Birthright volunteer, Baptism preparation, RCIA teacher, Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts, and is a fourth degree Knight of Columbus of both Council 7870 and Lord Baltimore Assembly 2470. His hobbies include reading, camping, hunting, fishing, and boating. He hopes to serve by ministering to the seriously ill and dying and to people who are grieving.
Alfred Manuel Barros is originally from Hawaii and grew up in Colorado. He retired from the U.S. Air Force in 1998 after 21 years of service and now works for the Department of Defense in Washington. He received his bachelor's degree in criminal justice from the University of Nebraska at Omaha and his master's degree in international relations from Troy University in Alabama.
Having lived, worked and been active in five dioceses and 12 parishes, Barros has been involved in parish and pastoral councils, liturgy committees, taught CCD for more 20 years, and has been a lector, extraordinary minister of Holy Communion and active in RCIA for more than 30 years. When he was 23, Barros was assigned as one of the guards for Pope John Paul II in 1979 when he departed Andrews Air Force Base after his first visit to the United States. That experience changed his life, he said.
He and his wife, Beverley, a native of Edinburgh, Scotland, have been married for 30 years. They moved to Silver Spring in 1994 and currently attend St. Andrew Apostle Parish. They have two daughters and one grandson.
Joel Carpenter grew up in Sandy Lake, Pa., and graduated from Grove City College with a bachelor of science degree in computer systems/applied physics. Thereafter he moved to Maryland and was initially employed as a Department of Defense contractor supporting the U.S. Navy. He was named chief information officer of the newly formed Pacer Infotec, Inc. in 1996 until its subsequent merger with another company two years later. Carpenter is currently employed as a computer engineer by the U.S. Navy out of Patuxent River, and is head of the electronic combat simulation branch within NAVAIR supporting the test and evaluation of a variety of Navy and Department of Defense systems.
Carpenter and his wife, Barbara, have been married since 1993 and have three daughters. They currently attend St. George Catholic Church in Valley Lee, where Barbara serves as director of music ministries, as well as the parish bookkeeper. Since becoming Catholic, Carpenter has been actively involved in parish life in a variety of ways, including directing the adult choir, serving on various councils and committees, teaching RCIA, and serving as an acolyte. He was recently trained as a master of ceremonies for the Archdiocese of Washington.
David Divins, his wife Ebbe, and their son Daniel moved to Sunderland, Md., in August 2006 from Greeley, Colo., where they had lived for more 15 years. The move was due to a change in careers for Divins, who is an oceanographer, and now doing program management at the Consortium for Ocean Leadership, Inc., a non-profit organization in Washington. He serves as vice president and director of ocean drilling programs. In addition to their son, the Divinses have two daughters. One is married and living in Colorado and expecting her third child, the other will begin studies this fall at the University of Maryland, College Park. Before moving east, Divins was in the permanent diaconate program for the Archdiocese of Denver, where he had completed two and a half years in the formation program before transferring to the Archdiocese of Washington. The Divins family attends Jesus the Divine Word Parish in Huntingtown. David and Ebbe have been involved in the RCIA program since their arrival in the parish four years ago. Divins is the adult faith formation and RCIA coordinator at his parish, as well as being responsible for conducting Baptism preparation classes, serving on the liturgy committee, helping with altar server training, and serving as an extraordinary minister of Holy Communion and lector.
Richard Dubicki and his wife, Regina, are originally from Baltimore. Dubicki is retired from federal civil service. During his civilian career as an engineer with the Army, he was engaged in construction, energy management and environmental compliance programs. The Dubickis live in Southern Maryland and have been active members of St. Peter Parish in Waldorf for 21 years. They serve the parish as extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion and religious education instructors. Regina served on the parish council and Richard has been a sacristan for several years. They are certified catechists and completed the Education+Parish+Service (EPS) program at Trinity College in Washington. The couple, who will celebrate their 38th wedding anniversary in October, have three children. Dubicki has been a member of the Knights of Columbus Dr. John Griffin Council 2293 since 2001. His hobbies include reading, gardening and cooking and traveling.
Thomas Dwyer is the director of property management for George Washington University. Dwyer and his wife, Bernadette, both Connecticut natives, moved to Silver Spring in 1981 where they became involved in St. Bernadette School activities, and he served on the parish council as the Home and School representative. After his family relocated to Kensington in 1985, Dwyer continued his service to parochial education at Holy Redeemer Parish as president of the Home and School Association. After completing two years in that position, Dwyer served for seven years on the Archdiocesan School Board, serving as president of that advisory group during his sixth year. He also served an emeritus year, helping to recruit and fill vacant board seats.
During this period, the Dwyers served for four years with four other couples as coordinators of Holy Redeemer's Pre-Cana program. They both subsequently became extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion, which he began to coordinate for the parish after being instituted as an acolyte. Dwyer taught two years in CCD, and has been an active member of the parish's RCIA training team. He is also a Knight of Columbus. The Dwyers have four children, all of whom graduated from Holy Redeemer School, and six grandchildren. They will celebrate their 35th wedding anniversary two days after Dwyer's ordination.
Dan Finn is a Marriott International human resource executive of more 25 years, currently leading their Human Resource Business Process Management team. He previously worked for several trade associations in the Washington area. Finn and his wife, Georgana, have six children and five grandchildren. Twenty years ago, Finn, Bill Wakefield, Todd Smith, and Jim Datovech met every Friday for prayer and faith sharing for about three years with some other men joining from time to time. Deacon Wakefield was ordained about 15 years ago, Deacon Smith two years ago and Deacon Datovech last year.
Finn and his wife have been active members of St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Derwood for the past 27 years, after being members of St. Bernadette Parish, Silver Spring, for six years. He has served as pastoral council chairman of both St. Francis and St. Bernadette. He has been a cantor for more that 27 years, chairman of the youth sports committee, catechist, and extraordinary minister. He is a founding board member of the Maryland Soccer Foundation which built and manages the Maryland SoccerPlex in Germantown. He was born in Rhode Island, raised in Indiana, and serves as a guest lecturer at his alma mater, Purdue University. His hobbies include supporting DC United, golf, gardening and making wine.
Brandon Bredice Justice, a native of Washington, followed his mother, Donna Bredice, to Our Lady of Victory School before transferring to St. Martin of Tours in Gaithersburg. A 1990 graduate of St. John's College High School, Justice was briefly in the aspirancy for the De La Salle Christian Brothers in 1989; before enrolling at Mount St. Mary's University from which he earned his bachelor's degree in government and international studies with a minor in Spanish in 1995.
From 1984-87, he lived in Guatemala, becoming fluent in Spanish and later conversational Italian. His great veneration for the late Archbishop Oscar Romero of El Salvador, planted the seed of a clerical vocation. Justice earned his master's degree in management with a communications concentration from the College of Notre Dame in 2003 and made his final profession as a Secular Franciscan in 2007. He has been a police officer for 15 years, currently serving in Howard County where he is a patrol corporal. In 2008, after a bank robbery and shoot out, Justice earned the department's highest award, the Medal of Honor for courage under fire. He and his wife, Erin, have been married since 1999, and are expecting their fifth child this September. The family belongs to St. Mary of the Mills Parish in Laurel.
Kenneth Lee, a native of the District of Columbia, joined the Church nearly 20 years ago. He is a music minister at St. Anthony of Padua Parish in Northeast Washington, and sang during Pope Benedict XVI's 2008 Mass at Nationals Park. He has also served his parish as a lector, member of the parish council, and an extraordinary minister of Holy Communion. He has been a religion teacher at Archbishop Carroll High School for three years. Lee and his wife of almost 15 years, Tamera, have one daughter who attends St. Anthony School.
A graduate of Woodrow Wilson High School, he earned a bachelor's degree from Old Dominion University and a master's degree from Towson University. Prior to joining Archbishop Carroll as a religion teacher, Lee worked in the Secondary Schools Department of the National Catholic Educational Association and supported NCEA's initiatives with regard to Catholic education.
Barry Levy was born into a Jewish home in 1951. He started reading the New Testament at Syracuse University. Inspired by the Eucharist and the lives of the saints, he joined the Catholic Church in 1973. To deepen his faith and answer the questions his family and rabbi posed, Levy entered St. John's University, graduating with a master's degree in theology. He and his wife, Diane, were married in 1977. He worked as a youth minister at two Catholic churches in New York City until 1981, when the Levys moved to Silver Spring. He continued his parish youth work in the Washington area, helping to found the Youth for Peace project in 1982.
In 1985, Levy left his work in youth ministry to complete a master's degree in clinical social work in 1987. He worked for an employee assistance program until he joined a Christian counseling clinic in 1990 and began working in their hospital and outpatient programs. He is currently the director of the Meier Clinic of Rockville, which he opened in 1998. He works to repair broken marriages and help those suffering from addictions. He also specializes in cognitive therapy for depression and anxiety, works with abuse and trauma survivors, and helps men and women with unwanted same sex attractions.
He has integrated his studies in Catholic personalism and anthropology at the John Paul II Institute for Marriage and Family Studies with advanced studies in the clinical applications of neurobiology. Levy has assisted the archdiocesan team in preparing engaged couples for the sacrament of Marriage. He is a member of the Fellowship of Catholic Scholars, the National Association for the Research and Therapy of Homosexuality, and the Institute for the Study of Neurotherapy Research.
The Levys live in Montgomery Village, where they have been members of St. John Neumann Church and the Mother of God Community since 1985. They have one daughter. Diane is a Secular Carmelite and an artist. Levy serves at his parish as a lector and extraordinary minister of Holy Communion, and at his Mother of God community in the music and healing ministries, where he organized and directed the Catholic Healing Symposium. His interests include swing dancing, golf, and windsurfing.
Don R. Longano and his wife, Madeleine, have been married for 31 years, and they have three children. The Longano family members are active parishioners at Little Flower Parish in Bethesda, where Longano is a long-time CCD teacher, sacristan, lector and extraordinary minister of Holy Communion. He holds degrees from the University of Notre Dame, Georgetown University Law Center and New York University School of Law. Longano is a principal in the Washington office of PricewaterhouseCoopers, and he formerly worked on the staff of the Committee on Ways and Means of the U.S. House of Representatives. Longano grew up in Independence, Ohio, where his parents, still reside.
Robert Leo Martin is a convert to the faith having joined at St. Peter Parish in Waldorf at the Easter Vigil in 1997. He earned a bachelor's degrees in chemistry from Morgan State University and a doctorate from Georgetown University. He is also a 2002 graduate of the Education + Parish + Service (EPS) program. At St. Peter, he has taught CCD and is a certified catechist. He has also served on the parish council, as a lector, extraordinary minister of Holy Communion, and as a sacristan. Additionally, he and his wife, Joan, served as co-chairs of the Forward in Faith campaign for St. Peter Parish. Martin is a member of the Knights of Saint John International Sacred Heart Commandery No. 309. He was the recipient of the Archdiocese of Washington Order of Merit medal from Cardinal McCarrick in 2004. Martin has served as a volunteer since 2002 at the Body of Christ Farm in Malcolm, where he teaches religion to many young children in the area.
He is deputy director of the Division of Biotechnology and GRAS Notice Review in the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition in the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. He has also served as an adjunct professor of chemistry in the University of the District of Columbia for 25 years.
The Martins live in Waldorf and have three children and four grandchildren. His hobbbies include gardening, golfing and reading.
Stephen M. Maselko and his wife of 22 years, Christine, have one son. Maselko moved from Pittsburgh, where he worked in accounting, to Germantown in 1986, when he started work with Marriott International as an internal auditor. Maselko joined Mother Seton Parish where he has been a parishioner for the last 24 years. Maselko now lives in Gaithersburg, but still serves at Mother Seton Parish, where he has served as an extraordinary minister of Holy Communion, lector, and acolyte. He is a third degree knight in the Knights of Columbus.
Maselko is a planning and support vice president in the incentive awards and gift card division of Marriott International, a post he has held for 17 years. He graduated from the University of Dayton in 1982 with a bachelor of science in business administration. His professional certifications include Certified Public Accountant, Certified Incentive Travel Executive, and Certified Professional of Incentive Managements. His hobbies include cabinetry.
Albert L. Opdenaker III was born in Richmond, and spent his first 17 years growing up at Army posts in Texas, North Carolina, Alabama, Kentucky, and, from 1954-1960, in Germany. His father retired from the Army in 1967 and settled his family in New Jersey, where Opdenaker lived until marrying Barbara in 1973, after graduating from Drexel University with a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering. The Opdenakers immediately moved to Gaithersburg to start a new job at the Atomic Energy Commission, the predecessor agency of the U.S. Department of Energy. The AEC sent him to Purdue University, where he graduated with a master's degree in nuclear engineering in 1975. He has spent last 37 years working at the Germantown facility of the DOE as a technical program manager.
Opdenaker and his wife, Barbara, had two children. His wife died from leukemia in 1988, and his 23-year-old son died from complications of asthma in 2003.
At Mother Seton Parish, Opdenaker served as a lector, and an extraordinary minister of Holy Communion, and he now coordinates the parish program for delivering Holy Communion to the sick and homebound. He is a Fourth Degree member of the Knights of Columbus, and he rose to the position of chancellor of his council before joining the diaconate program in 2005. He lives in Germantown with his daughter, and his 10 year-old granddaughter, who attends school at Mary of Nazareth School in Darnestown.
Gerard Stephane Philogene is a native of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, who moved to the United States 32 years ago and grew up in Miami. He moved to Silver Spring with his wife Mary Carmelle in 1993. They have been married for 18 years and have three children.
Philogene and his wife are both Benedictine Oblates formally associated with St. Anselm's Abbey. They have been active parishioners at St. Catherine Labour Church in Wheaton since 1999. The couple has one son who serves at the parish as a lector, and two daughters who are altar servers. Philogene has taught RCIA and his parish and has served as a lector, a member of the parish council, and for the past year has been assisting at the altar as an instituted acolyte. He served on the parish school's advisory board, and served for four years as an appointed member of the Montgomery County Committee on Hate Violence. He served as treasurer, then vice-chairman, and later as chairman of the committee. He has been a hospice volunteer with the Holy Cross Home Care Hospice Program in Silver Spring since 2004. More recently, Philogene has been assisting Father Michael Bryant in celebrating the Eucharist with Catholics who are incarcerated at the DC Jail and the Correctional Treatment Facility.
Philogene is an economist with the National Institutes of Health's Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research. He has also served as an adjunct professor at George Mason University. He holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in economics from the University of Florida in Gainesville and a doctorate from the School of Public Policy at George Mason University.
Ammon Syril Ripple was born in St. Mary's County. He spent his early childhood days working on the family tobacco farm with his brother and his sister. After the death of his father, Ripple worked on neighboring farms in the village of Chaptico. While living in Chaptico, he attended Christ Episcopal Church where he served as an acolyte and sang in the choir. He graduated from Choptico High School in 1968 and attended St. Mary's College of Maryland. He married his wife, Eleanor, in 1971 at St. Aloysius Church in Leonardtown, and they have four sons. In 1974, he came into the Catholic Church at Holy Angels Parish in Avenue.
Ripple entered the building trade and worked in various phases of home construction in St. Mary's County. In 1982 he and his brother started a custom home construction business, which they operated together for 12 years. In 1994, he moved to Georgia with three of his four sons and started another construction business. While in Georgia, Ripple and his wife entered the Secular Carmel at the Monastery of Our Lady of the Holy Spirit where they made their final promise in 2001.
In 2002, the Ripples moved back to St. Mary's County where he enjoys being near his family and, especially, his four grandchildren. He is a member of St. John Francis Regis Parish in Hollywood, where he is a member of the Knights of Columbus, and serves as an acolyte and a lector. He visits the St. Mary's Nursing Center weekly where he leads a prayer service, visits the residents, and distributes Holy Communion. Ripple and his wife are also members of St. Joseph's Secular Carmel of Port Tobacco, where he serves as an acolyte and a council member. He is semi-retired and enjoys gardening, reading, small building projects, and being with his grandchildren.
Patrick Christopher Schwartz is a native Washingtonian who works for NASA and has spent most of his 20-plus year career there in the management of new technology. Prior to working at NASA, he developed instrumentation in several organizations including the American Red Cross, where he was awarded two patents for blood grouping technology. Schwartz currently is a senior communications manager at NASA.
He has been a member of St. Joseph Parish in Beltsville for the past 36 years. With his wife, Pam, he served as co-choir director at St. Joseph's from 1973-93. The couple has been married for 40 years and have five children, who all attended St. Joseph School, and three grandchildren. Schwartz has served as an extraordinary minister of the Eucharist, a lector and has provided music for school Masses. He is a third degree Knight of Columbus, and has been involved in the local Boy Scout organizations for the last 30 years, serving in various positions from cubmaster to assistant district commissioner.
Since 2002, Schwartz has served in prison ministry at Maryland Correctional Institute for Women and Howard County Detention Center. He has been involved in music all of his life including organizing a choir at the women's prison. Also at the prison, he re-instituted an RCIA program, through which many women have been baptized over a number of years.
William "Bill" Stevens is career Navy, having served on active duty for more than 22 years, retiring as a chief petty officer. Since retiring from active duty, Stevens has been a Navy civilian employee for more than 22 years, and is currently works for the deputy chief of Naval Operations for Information Dominance on the staff of the Chief of Naval Operations.
Stevens and his wife LaVerne have been married almost 42 years, and have four sons. He converted to Catholicism in 1975 while stationed in Spain. Stevens and his wife have been active members of Our Lady of the Presentation parish in Poolesville since it was established in 1992. Prior to that they were active members of St. Mary Parish and the Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima in Barnesville. They were also active in Navy Catholic communities while stationed overseas. Stevens is a member the Knights of Columbus Our Lady of Fatima Council. Among the various lay ministries Bill has served the Church are as pastoral council chairman, coordinator for lectors and ushers, extraordinary minister of Holy Communion, RCIA and religious education catechist, and chairperson for his parish Forward in Faith campaign. He was a recipient of the Archdiocese of Washington's Order of Merit in 2003.
Timothy E. Tilghman is a member of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish in Washington, the parish where his parents were married 76 years ago. He and his wife, Jennifer, have six children and two grandsons.
The Tilghmans have been involved in shared ministry since they were married, serving as leaders in the Archdiocese's Cursillo Movement and working as writers and catechists as part of Eat the Scroll Ministry for 10 years. Most recently, they have worked to establish a married couples ministry focused on catechesis on living the sacrament in the parish and the larger community. Tilghman serves as a volunteer counselor at the Marlow Heights Pregnancy Center, a ministry he began while studying for ordination.
Tilghman worked as a community organizer for the Washington Interfaith Network for 10 years, and is currently employed as the director of development for the Society of St. Joseph (the Josephites).
Desider L. Vikor was born in St. Louis, the first son of immigrant parents from Hungary. He attended Catholic schools through his high school years. He earned a degree in history from Western Carolina University, and master's and doctorate degrees from Harvard University, with a research specialization in medieval monasticism. He also holds a master's degree in library science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he met his wife-to-be, Marlene, also a librarian. They married 30 years ago at Belmont Abbey in North Carolina, and they now have a college-aged son.
Since 1983, Vikor has been employed by the University of Maryland, where he is a senior administrator with the University Libraries and holds the position of director of collection management and special collections. He also served as interim dean of libraries from 2008-2009. He has held elected office in professional associations, authored publications, and delivered presentations to professional, campus, and civic groups.
A long-time parishioner at St. Hugh of Grenoble Church in Greenbelt, he serves as coordinator of liturgical ministries for the parish, and is chair of the pastoral council. He has also taught RCIA. Outside the parish, Vikor serves as a pastoral care volunteer at Doctor's Community Hospital in Lanham, is a volunteer counselor at the Forestville/Marlow Heights Pregnancy Center, and has also been a volunteer for Capital Hospice in Prince George's County.