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Eight candidates for the Permanent Diaconate were installed as lectors at St. Joseph Cathedral in Baton Rouge on Jan. 28 by Bishop Robert W. Muench.  In the rite, the bishop hands the candidate a symbol of the ministry to which he is being instituted, namely a copy of the sacred Scriptures, and he exhorts them to fulfill their ministry faithfully.  These men are scheduled to be ordained the summer of 2020.  Pictured, from left, are Deacon John Veron, Director of Deacon Life and Ministry; Deacon Minos Ponville, Father. Jamin David, Director of Formation for the Permanent Diaconate; candidates Moc Pham, St. Jude the Apostle Church Baton Rouge; Alec Campbell, St. Alphonsus Church in Greenwell Springs; Billy Messenger, Immaculate Conception Church in Denham Springs; Gabriel Rico, The Hispanic Apostolate; Sammy Chestovich, St. Mark Church in Gonzales; Bishop Muench; candidates Chris Landry, Christ the King Church and Student Center in Baton Rouge; Ehren Oschawald, St. Elizabeth Church in Paincourtville/St. Jules Church in Belle Rose; Mark Reyanud, St. Alphonsus; Deacon Tommy Benoit (Assistant to the Office of the Permanent Diaconate); Deacon Joe Scimeca; and Deacon Tim Messenger. Photo provided by Father Jamin David