Bishop Joseph C. Bambera presided as ordaining prelate and principal celebrant on Saturday, Nov. 28, for the ordination of 17 men to the Permanent Diaconate for service as permanent deacons in the Diocese of Scranton. The newly ordained deacons will join the ranks of clergy who minister to the faithful in parishes and other settings throughout the Diocese.
During the Mass of Ordination, scheduled for 10 a. m. in the Cathedral of Saint Peter, Bishop Bambera will ordain the men to serve permanently in the Order of Deacon.
Among them is Mountaintop resident William F. Behm. Behm, 64, resides in Mountain Top and is a member of St. Nicholas Parish in Wilkes-Barre.
A 1969 graduate of E. L. Meyers High School, Wilkes-Barre, he earned a bachelor’s degree from King’s College, Wilkes-Barre, in 1973, and a master’s in public administration from Marywood University, Scranton, in 1991.
Retired following a career in development, serving at such institutions as Wilkes University, King’s College and Catholic Social Services, Behm and his wife, Jean, are the parents of three children.
These men have completed a fiveyear formation program and will become members of the threefold ordained ministry that consists of bishops, priests and deacons. The deacon’s service has three
aspects: word, worship and charity. He can perform certain ministerial functions such as administering baptism; serving as the deacon at the Mass, including proclaiming the Gospel, preaching the homily and distributing Holy Communion; bringing viaticum to the sick; presiding at wake services, funeral liturgies and burial rites, and with permission by the pastor, may celebrate the Sacrament of Matrimony.
He ministers to the needs of families, single parents, students, the aged and infirmed, the imprisoned, and those who suffer from poverty or addictions.