Springfield Bishop Timothy A. McDonnell will ordain five men as deacons for the Diocese of Springfield during a liturgy on Saturday at 11 a.m. in St. Michael's Cathedral, Springfield.
Three are Berkshire County men: George Galli of Williamstown, Daniel P. Romanello of West Stockbridge, and Spencer L. Trova of Pittsfield.
Galli has been a parishioner at St. Patrick & Raphael Parish Williamstown and St. Elizabeth Parish in North Adams. A native of North Adams, he is the husband of Susan (Girardi) Galli, and they have two daughters and a son. He is an administrator at the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts.
Romanello is a parishioner at St. Ann Parish Lenox. A native of Greenwich, Conn., Romanello owns New Berkshire Partners of West Stockbridge. He is the husband of Ellen (Kowalski) Romanello.
Trova, a parishioner at St. Mark's Parish in Pittsfield, is a city native and a convert to Catholicism. Married to Mary (Marinaro) Trova, the Trovas have five daughters and one son. He is a retired registered nurse of 35 years, having worked at the Berkshire Medical Center.
The others include David A. Culliton of Greenfield and Keith T. Davies of Ware.
Prior to their ordination, the men completed four years of academic and formation training. They will receive their parish assignments at their ordination.
The diaconate ministry dates back to the earliest days of the Catholic Church and is designed to assist priests and bishops in their work.
Although they have specifically designated liturgical duties, including the call to preach, their primary focus is one of service to the church in practical ways. Many help organize charitable works within their assigned parish community.
Deacons can be married and have families, and, in fact, most do. They accept this calling in addition to their careers, but it is made clear that they must continue to give their primary focus to their family and, if not retired, their jobs. Unlike "transitional" deacons who are preparing for the priesthood, for these men this is a permanent vocation they are called to serve within the church.