June 14, 2017

Melkite Greek Catholic Bishop Nicholas J. Samra Ordains Deacon Dennis McCarthy to the Priesthood

Melkite Greek Catholic Bishop Nicholas J. Samra [Eastern Byzantine] ordained the married Deacon Dennis McCarthy to the priesthood on June 10, 2017. The ordination took place at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Melkite Greek Catholic Church in Worcester, MA, where a joyful reception was held afterward.

Bishop Nicholas Samra vests Father Dennis McCarthy with the epitrachelion (stole).
Photo by Eric Ewanco.

Bishop Nicholas J. Samra gives Father Dennis McCarthy the epitaphios
which gives him authorization from the bishop to celebrate the liturgy.
Photo by Eric Ewanco.

Lisa McCarthy, wife of newly ordained and fully vested Fr. Dennis McCarthy (far right), and Bishop Nicholas J. Samra pose at the altar of the Melkite Greek [Eastern Byzantine] Catholic Church, Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Worcester, MA, to mark the uplifting occasion of Deacon McCarthy's ordination to the priesthood. Photo by Eric Ewanco.

Fr. McCarthy is one of the few married Catholic priests in our country. This was made possible in 2014 when Pope Francis lifted the longstanding ban on Eastern Rite married clergy in the diaspora, which includes the United States. When the ordination was complete, many proclaimed, "Axios!" "Axios!" which means "being worthy of" or "deserving of." It is an acclamation often made by the faithful at the ordination of Eastern deacons, priests, and bishops.

Succeeding Fr. Ed Kakaty, Fr. McCarthy has assumed assignment as pastor of St. Ann Melkite Greek Catholic Church in Waterford, CT. Axios!


photos - Eric Ewanco
Note: I was unable to attend. Eric Ewanco provided many of these details and the photos.

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