Seminarian Dustin Hungerford ordained to the diaconate

Deacon Dustin Hungerford publicly declared his intent to undertake the ministry of the diaconate and promised respect and obedience to Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz and his successors. (Record Photo by Jessica Able)

Deacon Dustin Hungerford was ordained to the order of the diaconate by Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz April 10 at the Cathedral of the Assumption in downtown Louisville.

Deacon Hungerford, 32, is in formation for the diocesan priesthood at St. Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology in St. Meinrad, Ind.

Deacon Dustin Hungerford laid prostrate as the Litany of Supplication was sung. (Record Photo by Jessica Able)

The diaconate is a transitional step for seminarians as their formation for priesthood nears its end. It typically occurs a year prior to presbyteral ordination.

During his homily, the archbishop noted the Easter octave — the eight-day period that begins on Easter and ends with the following Sunday — is “all about the gift of baptism.”

Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz laid his hands on Deacon Dustin Hungerford during the ordination rite. (Record Photo by Jessica Able)

“It’s about the gift of being baptized into Christ Jesus. So as you and I, people of God, gathered together — with the words of our renewal fresh on our lips and the feel of the waters of holy water perhaps fresh on our foreheads — we give thanks because the gift of the diaconate, the gift of the priesthood is a gift of service so you might go forward and renew the face of the earth.

“It is that service to which you, Dustin, are called today,” he said to the seminarian.

Deacon Dustin Hungerford laid prostrate as the Litany of Supplication was sung. (Record Photo by Jessica Able)

Deacon Dustin Hungerford received the Book of the Gospels from Archbishop Kurtz during the rite of ordination. (Record Photo by Jessica Able)

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