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Six ordained permanent deacons for Boston

  • The six candidates for the diaconate in their places at the beginning of the ordination Mass. Pilot photo/Gregory L. Tracy
  • Charles Hanafin, placing his hands in those of Cardinal O’Malley, promises him and his successors obedience and respect. (Pilot photo/Gregory L. Tracy)
  • Deacon John Czajkowski receives the Book of the Gospels -- the Gospels of Christ whose herald he has become. (Pilot photo/Gregory L. Tracy)
  • Cardinal O’Malley imposes his hands on the head of John Koza; with the Prayer of Ordination that follows the deacons are ordained. (Pilot photo/Gregory L. Tracy)
  • For the first time as deacons, newly ordained Deacon Paul Breadmore (left) and Deacon John Kobrenski assist Cardinal O’Malley at the Eucharist. (Pilot photo/Gregory L. Tracy)
  • Newly ordained Deacon Joseph Cooley prays for his wife following the ordination Mass. (Pilot photo/Gregory L. Tracy)

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SOUTH END -- For Chris Ohlandt, seeing his friend John Czajkowski ordained a permanent deacon at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross in Boston, Oct. 15, required taking a flight from Maryland. But, he said, it was a trip worth making.

"You don't get to see this that often. This is a first for me -- I'm 51 years old and I've never seen anything like this before. It's incredible," said Ohlandt, speaking to The Pilot following the Mass.

He said he had just texted his wife, who had remained in Maryland to watch their two children, to tell her how wonderful the ordination was.

"To know the journey that he ( Deacon Czajkowski) has gone through -- he started in Maryland and then finished here -- that's just amazing. To see him now as a deacon is just... wow," said Ohlandt.

Deacon Czajkowski, along with Deacons Paul Breadmore, Joseph Cooley, Charles Hanafin, John Kobrenski, and John Koza, were all ordained to the order of permanent deacon during the Mass, which was celebrated by Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley.

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