DETROIT — Promises were made, hugs were exchanged and tears of joy were shed Oct. 5 as Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron elevated four men to the office of deacon during an ordination Mass at the Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament.
Newly ordained Deacons Fred Billotto, Alfredo Guardiola Jr., Aaron Poyer and J. Michael Van Dyke stood with their wives and families as the newest permanent deacons of the Archdiocese of Detroit, ready to serve in parishes and ministries and to use their gifts for the good of others.
Each of the four men will bring their diverse backgrounds as husbands, fathers, businessmen and public servants to their new role as ordained clergy.
Deacon Billotto, 55, an engineering program manager, will serve at Our Lady of Victory Parish in Northville; Deacon Guardiola, 67, a retired environmental protection director, will serve at St. Frances Cabrini Parish in Allen Park; Deacon Poyer, 52, who serves in law enforcement, will be stationed at Corpus Christi Parish in Detroit; and Deacon Van Dyke, 57, an automotive supply director, will serve at the Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament.
“We thank God almighty, who by His grace and love has brought us here,” said Deacon Poyer, speaking on behalf of his classmates. “The Giver of all good gifts has called us to the ministry of deacon in this time and in this place and despite our wanderings has guided us here. We are most grateful to God.”
Read more about them here, and see photos from the ordination Mass below.