Eighteen men were ordained to the permanent diaconate Aug. 20 at St. Patrick Church. With the ordination of the new deacons, there are now 116 active deacons in the Archdiocese of Louisville. They will serve in parishes, where they may preach and conduct baptisms, marriages and funerals. Deacons also serve in various other ways, such as in prison and hospital ministries. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the first group of men ordained to the permanent diaconate in the archdiocese.