EIGHT MEN RECEIVED AS PERMANENT DEACON CANDIDATES FOR DIOCESE OF SCRANTON -Bishop Joseph C. Bambera celebrated the Rite of Candidacy in the Cathedral of Saint Peter on October 7, for eight men from the Diocese of Scranton, who have just completed their first year in formation to be ordained as permanent deacons in November 2020. In this public ceremony, after having completed his “aspirancy year” of vocational discernment, along with introductory studies of Scripture, church history and the spiritual life, each aspirant declared his formal intention to pursue ordination to the diaconate. Shown, front from left: Monsignor Thomas M. Muldowney, Vicar General of the Diocese; Deacon Paul J. Brojack; Bishop Bambera; Deacon Joseph F. DeVizia Sr.; and Monsignor David Bohr, Diocesan Secretary for Clergy Formation. Row two: Candidates John C. Jorda, Gate of Heaven, Eugene N. Blockus, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, Joseph J. Chmiola, Jr., Saint Jude, Mountain Top; and Joseph Sudano, Saint Vincent de Paul. Back: Candidates Joseph R. Marcellus, Saint Thomas More, Lake Ariel; Angel Luis Rivera, Saint Luke, Stroudsburg; Peter J. Lemoncelli, Saint Ann’s Basilica, Scranton; and Gerard P. Pernot, Nativity of Our Lord.