Bishop to ordain six new deacons June 20; Mass of Requiem streaming now

Bishop to ordain six new deacons June 20; Mass of Requiem streaming now

Clergy news and latest issue of The Monitor Magazine now available

Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., will ordain six new deacons for ministry in the Diocese June 20 in a livestreamed Mass beginning at 10 a.m.

Seminarian Rjoy Ballacillo is among the deacon candidates. Following his Ordination, he will complete his final year of priestly formation as a transitional deacon.  Ballacillo is expected to be ordained a priest next spring. Click here to read more about Rjoy Ballacillo.

The other five candidates, John Edward Barrett, St. Martha Parish, Point Pleasant; Russell David Greiner, St. Joseph Parish, Toms River; Mark D. McNulty, St. Catharine-St. Margaret Parish, Spring Lake; John Senkewicz, St. Leo the Great Parish, Lincroft, and Edward Woram, St. Joseph Parish, Toms River, will be ordained as permanent deacons. They come from a variety of backgrounds and professional careers and are married with families. They have completed a five-year program of formation, and, upon their Ordination, will be assigned to parish ministry. Click here to learn more about the five men who will soon serve their parishes as permanent deacons.

Admittance to the Ordination Mass, which will take place in St. Robert Bellarmine Co-Cathedral, Freehold, is by invitation only due to current pandemic restrictions on large gatherings. The entire Mass can viewed on

Look for an Ordination preview in the June issue of The Monitor Magazine and on, and watch for full coverage coming in July.

More than 1,100 names of individuals who died during the pandemic shutdown are a special focus of a Mass of Requiem celebrated by Bishop O’Connell, which is now streaming on the Diocese’s YouTube channel. 

The names were submitted by 65 parishes at the Bishop’s invitation, so that those who died when the churches were closed and Masses suspended could be remembered now in a special way and so their grieving families have a source of connection and comfort. To learn more about the Mass, click HERE.

Celebrated and recorded in St. Anne’s Cemetery and Mausoleum in Wall, the Mass can be viewed at any time on For coverage of the Mass, check in at

Bishop O’Connell announced the following appointment, effective July 1, 2020:

Father Zachary Swantek of the Archdiocese of Newark has been appointed Catholic chaplain of the Aquinas Institute for Catholic Life at Princeton University.

The Diocese has been advised by the Third Order Regular Franciscans, Province of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, that a 40-plus year old allegation of sexual misconduct that had been made against former vicar for Catholic education, Father Gabriel Zeis, TOR, has been deemed not credible by an independent review board as well as by the Attorney General’s office in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The news release from the Franciscan Friars can be found here.

 The June 2020 issue of The Monitor Magazine, spotlighting Ordination, Graduation and updates on our return to in-church Masses is now available in print and digital editions.  To view a recap of the latest issue, visit here.

Because The Monitor Magazine cannot be distributed in our churches at this time, we are providing free and open digital access to all members of our diocesan community and visitors to our websites. You can view a digital copy here.
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