November 20, 2023 at 2:50 p.m.

Father Daniel Vallejo and Deacons Thomas Fallati and Paul McDonald were ordained at a combined Priesthood and Diaconate Ordination Mass on Nov. 18 at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Albany with Bishop Edward B. Scharfenberger presiding. Deacon Fallati will continue to serve at St. Kateri Parish in Schenectady as will Deacon McDonald at St. Clement’s Church in Saratoga Springs, Notre Dame-Visitation Church in Schuylerville and St. Joseph’s Church in Greenwich. During his homily, Bishop Scharfenberger touched on elements of love that are found in all sacraments something he wrote about in last week’s Evangelist in which he said of the three men, ‘This is a momentous occasion then, not only for them but for all of us and to those whom they will serve, for primarily they are accepting a ministry of service, a ministry of love, which is what diakonia (Greek for diaconate) is all about.”