PORTLAND, Maine — Three seminarians will be ordained to the transitional diaconate by Bishop Richard J. Malone at 5 p.m. on Sunday, June 16, at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception on 307 Congress St.
The diaconate, priesthood and episcopacy comprise the three holy orders in the Catholic Church. The designation of “transitional deacon” means that although the individual will always be a deacon by virtue of his ordination, the hope is that he will one day be ordained to the priesthood. All deacons, whether transitional or permanent, may celebrate the sacrament of baptism, witness marriages, preside at funeral rituals outside of Mass, proclaim the Gospel, and preach homilies, according to a diocese press release.
Edward Clifford, 50, was born in Shawmut. He attended Yarmouth High School and graduated from high school in Milford, Ohio, in 1981. He received a BA in political science from the University of Dayton and also earned his master’s in public administration at the University of Maine in Orono. Clifford, who is on course to complete his clerical studies at Blessed John XXIII National Seminary in Weston, Mass., in 2014, was a city manager in Biddeford and the director of Biddeford-Saco-Old Orchard Beach Transit before pursuing the priesthood. Clifford’s summer pastoral assignment is serving the Portland parishes of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, St. Peter, St. Louis, and Sacred Heart-St. Dominic, and St. Christopher, Peaks Island.
Kyle Doustou, 25, was born in Lewiston. After graduating from Saint Dominic Regional High School in 2005, Doustou received a full scholarship from and entered into the Basselin Scholars Program, a three-year honors philosophy program at Catholic University in Washington, D.C. He earned bachelor’s and licentiate degrees in philosophy, and then a bachelor’s degree in theology. Doustou felt called to the priesthood from a young age; even though he admits to “playing Mass at home” using Kool-Aid and Cheez-It crackers, he was a long-term altar server at his home parish. His summer pastoral assignment is serving Resurrection of the Lord Parish in Old Town.
Brad Morin, 29, was born in Upper Frenchville. Upon graduating from Madawaska High School in 2002, he headed to Saint Joseph’s College in Standish, earning a BA in philosophy in 2006. Morin then attended St. Mary’s Seminary in Baltimore, where he will complete his clerical studies in 2014. Morin has been active in the church from a young age, even sharing readings at Mass when he was just 10 years old. His summer pastoral assignment is serving St. Maximilian Kolbe Parish, Scarborough; St. Bartholomew Parish, Cape Elizabeth; Holy Cross Parish, South Portland; and St. John the Evangelist Parish, South Portland.
All are welcome to attend the ordination on Sunday, June 16. For more information, contact Dave Guthro, communications director of the Diocese of Portland, at 321-7810 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.