Mountaintop Resident To Be Ordained Permanent Deacon
Herbert Cruikshank

a Bishop Joseph C. Bambera will preside as ordaining prelate and principal celebrant on Saturday, November 25, for the ordination of 11 men to the Permanent Diaconate for service as permanent deacons in the Diocese of Scranton. The newly ordained deacons will join the ranks of clergy who minister to the faithful in parishes and other settings throughout the Diocese.

Herbert W. Cruikshank, Mountain Top, is one of the men who will be ordained by Bishop Bambera during the Mass of Ordination, scheduled for 10 a. m. in the Cathedral of Saint Peter.

These men have completed a five-year formation program and will become members of the threefold ordained ministry that consists of bishops, priests and deacons.

Cruikshank will have turned 64 when he is ordained to the permanent diaconate later this month.

A member of St. Faustina Kowalska Parish in Nanticoke, the deacon-candidate resides in Mountain Top, where he graduated from Crestwood High School in 1971.

Mr. Cruikshank attended Luzerne County Community College in Nanticoke for two years, and is a product of the Balmoral School of Piping in Pittsburgh, where he earned his certification as a bagpiper.

Since 2007, the ordinand has been retired from Verizon Communications, having been employed for 35 years in the areas of accounting, inside communications and the Coin Department.

He is married to his wife Beverly for 14 years and they are the parents of two children.

The deacon’s service has three aspects: word, worship and charity. He can perform certain ministerial functions such as administering baptism; serving as the deacon at the Mass, including proclaiming the Gospel, preaching the homily and distributing Holy Communion; bringing viaticum to the sick; presiding at wake services, funeral liturgies and burial rites; and with permission by the pastor, may celebrate the Sacrament of Matrimony.

He ministers to the needs of families, single parents, students, the aged and infirmed, the imprisoned, and those who suffer from poverty or addictions.

Principal concelebrants for the diaconate ordination Mass will be Bishop Emeritus James C. Timlin and Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus John

M. Dougherty. Also concelebrating the Mass with Bishop Bambera will be Monsignor Thomas Muldowney,

V. G., Vicar General of the Diocese; Father Jeffrey Walsh, V. E., Episcopal Vicar for Clergy; Monsignor David Bohr, Diocesan Secretary for Clergy Formation and Director of the Permanent Diaconate Formation Program; Father Donald Williams, Diocesan Director of Vocations and Seminarians; and other priests of the Diocese, including the pastors and spiritual directors of the ordinandi.

All are invited to attend. CTV: Catholic Television will broadcast the Mass.