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2017-09-13 / Local News

Tonawanda resident to be ordained

Six men will receive the sacrament of holy orders on Saturday, Sept. 16, when Bishop Richard J. Malone ordains the men to the holy order of deacon, according to a press release from the Diocese of Buffalo.

Two men will be permanent deacons, and the other four will continue their studies for the priesthood. The special Mass will be held at 9:30 a.m. at St. Joseph Cathedral, 50 Franklin St. in Buffalo.

Kenneth R. Monaco of Tonawanda and Edward M. Birmingham of Attica are both married and have adult children. Following their ordinations, Bishop Malone will assign them to serve as deacons in parishes and in ministries of charity, possibly at local hospitals, nursing homes, human services agencies or prisons.

As permanent deacons, they may officiate at weddings, baptisms, funerals and wakes, according to the release. They also may preach and distribute Holy Communion.

Monaco, a chaplain resident at the St. Joseph Campus of Sisters of Charity Hospital in Cheektowaga, studied at Fredonia State College and Canisius College, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in 1978.

He and his wife, Karen, are members of St. Amelia Parish, where he served as a confirmation teacher for several years. As part of his formation, Monaco served at the Little Portion Friary, Kenmore Mercy Hospital and the Wende Correctional Facility.

He has a son, Christopher, and two daughters, Maria and Megan.

Birmingham and his wife, Karen, are members of SS. Joachim and Anne Parish, where he has been involved with the religious education program.

He is retired from the U.S. Army and has been employed with the Department of Homeland Security for 12 years, where he serves as a management and program analyst. A graduate of Empire State College, Birmingham earned a bachelor’s degree in business management.

He has two daughters, Rhea Anne Smith and Jennifer Preston. During his formation, he worked at Cloister Nursing Home in Warsaw and the Gateway House of Attica.

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