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Necrology

| Procedure for the Burial of a Deacon |

When available, a link to a Georgia Bulletin article about the deacon's death is provided by clicking on the Deacon's name. The links open in a new window.

Last, First, MI Death Date Ordination Date Birth Date

Allain, Leon G.

06/20/2000

11/27/1982

11/17/1924

Beckman, Richard F.

03/13/2012

05/23/1987

05/09/1926

Blair, Richard A.

02/07/1993

06/08/1991

05/11/1950

Bradach, Daniel David

12/14/2002

06/24/1989

04/17/1928

Capozza, Michael (Mike)

11/19/2003

06/10/1995

12/29/1939

Chapple, Maurice (Morry) P.

05/26/2004

02/02/2002

07/10/1939

Corbett, David C.

05/10/2010

02/04/2006

08/10/1953

Cicala, John G.

10/17/1995

08/25/1984

02/11/1919

DESANDRE, Deacon Bart R.

03/15/2012

06-08-1991

02/23/1937

Diamon, Ernest A. Jr.

12/10/1990

06/24/1989

01/26/1941

Diehl, William P.

08/11/2006

01/04/1992

06/18/1934

Edwards, William D.

09/12/1992

06/24/1989

06/11/1924

Gourgues, Harold

08/18/2005

06/16/1990

09/23/1937

Gresher, William Robert

12/29/2004

11/27/1982

07/11/1919

Hedderman, Jim

08/17/2005

05/16/1987

07/18/1917

Higgins, Dr. David J.

1/21/2007

05/16/1987

4/4/1930

Irving, Wallace E.

12/02/1993

06/08/1991

05/20/1917

Jansen, John (Jack)

01/18/2006

06/10/1995

01/18/1923

Johnson, Richard (Dick)

04/24/2003

05/23/1987

02/18/1927

Lakin, William P.

08/25/2006

06/24/1989

02/09/1931

Leverett, Winston A.

05/30/1998

11/27/1982

11/28/1912

Lister, Dale F.

11/21/2008

02/08/2008

5/20/1943

Lyday, Deacon William E.

10/23/2008

11/27/1982

7/15/1930

MacDonald, William J. (Mac)

04/11/2003

03/21/2003

05/08/1951

Machan, Richard E.

05/21/1994

05/23/1987

12/18/1917

Mackin, Thomas

11/22/2012

05/23/1987

01/20/1933

McBride, I. Carl

08/15/2013

04/16/1983

03/16/1928

Moenk, Jean R.

10/11/2006

05/23/1987

06/17/1918

Moore, Charles E. Jr.

01/14/1979

03/19/1977

01/10/1921

Mulligan, M. Robert

11/01/2005

06/03/1985

06/12/1922

Mure, Samuel M.

04/30/2013

05/16/1987

11/22/1925

Narey, Richard (Dick)

07/30/2005

06/17/1978

01/06/1924

O’Brien, James M.

07/28/2001

06/24/1989

08/30/1943

O'Brien, Michael J.

07/15/2010

5/23/1987

09/07/1932

O'Neill, Robert A.

08/01/2013

05/25/1985

09/13/1926

Patrick, Charles Samuel

12/28/2012

06/10/2000

08/05/1938

Petty, Benjamin R. Jr.

06/08/2001

05/16/1987

11/28/1924

Ragan, Robert Timothy

01/19/1992

06/24/1989

07/21/1945

Rauth, David W.

01/31/1999

06/24/1989

05/03/1928

Reynolds, Joe M.

07/03/2007

01/31/2004

05/03/1945

Rusmisel, William (Moe)

12/02/2007

06/08/1991

05/11/1930

Shell, John B.

04/25/2004

06/16/1990

05/19/1920

Thompson, John F.

10/09/2004

05/23/1987

09/25/1919

Timme, William (Bill)

09/20/2002

05/16/1987

02/27/1929

Weber, Albert G.

03/17/2010

02/08/2003

05/15/1941

Womack, Gary

11/03/2010

05/16/1987

09/26/1939

Woods, Homer

05/08/2000

11/27/1982

08/10/1922

 

Procedure for Burial of a Deacon

At the outset, it is most important that the following guidelines be taken as suggestions to assist the family upon the death of the Deacon. It is not the wish of the Diaconate Council to do anything, which is contrary to the wishes of the family of the deceased. Family wishes will always have the highest priority in any arrangements. The guidelines below are offered to assist the appropriate individuals with steps to be taken in order that the Church of Atlanta may respect the memory of one of its good servants.

ANNOUNCEMENT

On the death of a deacon, the entire diaconal community should be notified through the communications systems established for that purpose.

The family (or if need be the local pastor) is asked to notify the regional coordinator of the Bereavement and Hospitality Committee of the council Deacon’s (here after will be referred to as the regional coordinator) who will then notify the appropriate person to activate the calling post messaging system. The regional coordinator will also notify the Director of the Permanent Diaconate, who in turn will notify the Archbishop and the Georgia bulletin.

GENERAL RECOMMENDATIONS

A permanent deacon is an ordained minister of the church. The family, in consultation with the regional coordinator, should make funeral arrangement. The wishes of the widow/family take precedence, given approved liturgical norms.

Wake services can be planned with the local pastor with additional assistance from the Bereavement and Hospitality Committee of the Deacon’s Council. It is most fitting for deacons to be invited to participate in the services, observing the appropriate liturgical norms.

Because of the numbers of deacons/ priests who may attend a funeral liturgy, it is suggested that prior thought by the parish staff be given to the arrangements for the procession of clergy, reception of communion and other details, to the celebration involving large numbers of clergy.

It is most appropriate for the family to indicate a deacon whom they wish to serve as the Deacon of the Mass for Christian burial. This deacon should work closely with the pastor in planning the liturgy, being particularly mindful to keep the regional coordinator informed of any special-needs exist which they could facilitate.

It will be the responsibility of the Director of the Permanent Diaconate to arrange for the presence of the Ordinary, or in his absence his designated representative. As soon as firm arrangements are made for the general liturgy those details should be communicated to the Permanent Diaconate office or the Vicar General of the Archdiocese.

The wake is normally held in a funeral home. If desired and with the approval of the Pastor the body may lie in state at the Parish of assignment the evening prior to the funeral liturgy. Specific visiting hours comparable to those at the funeral home are suggested.

The body of a deceased deacon should be clothed according to the wishes of the family the family. The family may choose liturgical vestments for this clothing. If lay clothes are chosen, a symbol of the actual office [e.g.: Stole, book of Gospels, etc.] may be placed near or on the bier.

CELEBRATION OF THE FUNERAL LITURGY

In planning the funeral liturgy the family will want to consult the Celebrants and Parish staff. The regional coordinator will serve, as a resource to the Celebrants should he so desire. Options for an evening funeral with burial the following morning may be used.

When a deacon’s body is brought into the church it should be so arranged that his head rest nearest the altar with his feet towards the congregation. This is the appropriate position for one who has been ordained.
It is appropriate that the family choose the Deacon of the Gospels and/or Eucharist.

The pastor and the family should agree upon the homilist of the liturgy before an invitation is extended to preach. It is appropriate that a deacon preach. The homilies should not be a eulogy as such, but should conform to the liturgical norms, which stress the death/Resurrection theme of a Christian burial. Care should be taken that only appropriate liturgical music is chosen.

The liturgy of Christian burial should reflect that it is being celebrated for a permanent deacon who, if married has a duel vocation of Christian marriage and holy orders.

Deacons who attend are invited to vest and assemble as a body for the procession. They should be seated as a body and appropriate place in the congregation so that they can kneel for the Eucharistic prayer.
Should the burial service be separated from the funeral liturgy, deacons are also invited to vest of the burial service.

It is customary for the attending bishop to conduct the prayers of Final Commendation the end of the Funeral Mass.

SERVICE AT THE GRAVE

The family, relatives and invited guests always have precedence. The grave site service may be led by a deacon depending, of course on the wishes of the family area the appropriate ritual is to be used.

DEATH OF THE SPOUSE OR WIDOW OF A DEACON

The death of a deacon’s wife or widow is also of great concern to the Deacon Community. The regional coordinator will provide any assistance the family may desire in planning the liturgy, providing help in notifying the Deacon Community of the archdiocese and advising the ordinary of the deacon’s loss.

Unless the family would desire otherwise, it is most appropriate for the deacons to vest and sit as a body at the funeral liturgy of the deacon’s wife.

In all of the suggestions above, the guiding concern will be the wishes of the deacon’s family. It would be a great help to the family if the deacon takes time to explain the suggestions above with the family and to indicate those areas where the family needs to make decisions. It is hoped that each deacon has given thought to the fact of that, both by providing a will for his family and any desires he has concerning his funeral. This is particularly important, as a family is responsible for any costs arising from the funeral.

Rev 6/30/03

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