Archbishop John Vlazny will ordain four permanent deacons on Saturday, Oct. 25. The Mass of ordination will take place at St. Mary’s Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception at 11 a.m. Those being ordained are David Briedwell, Michael Caldwell, Dennis Desmarais, and Timothy Dooley. At the same Mass, the archbishop will install four men as lectors, two as acolytes, and admit three to candidacy for ordination as deacons.

Deacons are ordained to be a sacramental sign in the church and in the world. The ministry of a deacon is primarily one of service and charity. Deacons are ministers of the word, which means they can proclaim the gospel at Mass, preach and teach in the name of the church. Their sacramental ministry includes baptizing, conducting prayer services, serving as an official church witness to marriage and conducting funerals and wake services.

David Briedwell was born in McMinnville. He attended elementary and high school in McMinnville, graduating in 1968, and then he attended Chemeketa Community College. He earned a Certificate of Studies in Pastoral Ministry from the University of Portland in 2007. David and his wife, Sally Marie, have two children. He has served as a lector, eucharistic minister, sacristan and pastoral associate at Good Shepherd Parish in Sheridan and at St. Michael Parish in Grand Ronde. He is currently the pastoral administrator of the two parishes.

Michael Caldwell was born in Oceanside, Calif. He attended elementary school in Vista, Calif., and graduated from Benson High School, Portland in 1968. He graduated from Portland State University in 1978 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration and accounting. He earned a master’s degree in pastoral ministry from the University of Portland in 2007. Michael and his wife Linda have three children, and are members of St. Joseph the Worker Parish in Portland. Michael works part-time in pastoral ministry at St. Joseph the Worker.

Dennis Desmarais was born in Seattle. He attended elementary school in Winthrop, Wash., and graduated from MountVernon High School in 1976. He graduated from the University of Washington in 1981 with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering. He earned a master’s in pastoral ministry degree in 2007 from the University of Portland. He and his wife Marci have three children and are parishioners at St. Juan Diego Parish.

Tim Dooley was born in Cheyenne, Wy. He graduated from Radford High School, Honolulu, Hawaii in 1972. He attended the University of Oregon and earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism in 1977.

He earned a master’s in pastoral ministry degree from the University of Portland in 2007.

Tim and his wife LeAnn have two daughters, and reside in Holy Family parish in Portland.

His ministry experiences include serving as a eucharistic minister at Providence Medical Center and homebound ministry in Holy Family parish. He works for Oregon Catholic Press.