Brennan Ferris to be ordained to the Transitional Diaconate on May 15th.

May 7, 2021 — (Wilmington, Delaware) — The Most Reverend W. Francis Malooly, Apostolic Administrator for the

Catholic Diocese of Wilmington, will ordain Mr. Brennan Ferris, a seminarian for the Diocese, to the Transitional Diaconate on Saturday, May 15, 2021. The Mass of Ordination will be held at 11:00 a.m. at the Cathedral of St. Peter in Wilmington. Due to COVID-19 safety protocols, the event is by invitation only, but will be live-streamed on the diocesan YouTube channel –

Mr. Ferris, who will turn 26 later this month, is a native of Wilmington and graduate of St. Elizabeth’s Elementary and High Schools. He earned his undergraduate degree in Catholic Theology while at the College Seminary of the Immaculate Conception at Seton Hall University in South Orange, New Jersey; and is currently working on his advanced degree at St. Mary’s Seminary and University in Baltimore, Maryland.

Mr. Brennan Ferris

Diaconate is a ministry rooted deeply in scriptural accounts of the early church.  The word “deacon” comes from the Greek word diakonia, which means, “to serve.”  There are two types of deacons in the Catholic Church, those who are ordained to the order and remain in it (permanent deacons) and those who are ordained to the order on their way to priestly ordination (transitional deacons). Mr. Ferris is on track to be ordained to the Priesthood in 2022.

More information about the Diocese of Wilmington’s efforts to increase vocations-awareness and to work with people who may have priestly or religious vocations is available by contacting the Rev. Norman Carroll, Director of Priestly and Religious Vocations at 302-573-3113 or [email protected] More information is available at

The Catholic Diocese of Wilmington was established in 1868 and comprises 56 parishes, 18 missions and 29 schools serving the State of Delaware and the nine counties of Maryland’s Eastern Shore.  Information is available at

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