Archbishop Robert J. Carlson has ordained nine men to the Order of the Diaconate as permanent deacons yesterday at 10 a.m., at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis, Lindell Boulevard and Newstead Avenue in the Central West End.
The new deacons are Charles Bacher, David Billing, Timothy Dallas, Daniel Graham, John Hofmann, Fred Tustanowsky, Donald Walker, H. Matt Witte and Robert Wood.
Last night, the 5 p.m Mass at Ste Genevieve was very emotional. We had a full house. The entire community came to congratulate Matt Witte and his wife Gina for this amazing achievement. What a journey it has been for Matt!
The reception at the Gym had a phenomenal turn-out. I must say that Matt is a good draw! It was so nice to see some of our oldest residents joining the rest of us for dinner.
And from a French point of view, I give a special mention to Nick Witte. I loved the white jacket and the pink tie. Nick, you looked very sharp last night!