Bishop Edward B. Scharfenberger ordained Francis R. Vivacqua II a transitional deacon during a Mass at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Albany on Jan. 2. Deacon Vivacqua will be ordained to the priesthood for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany on June 18, along with three other transitional deacons: Deacon Brian Kelly, Deacon Steve Matthews, and Deacon Patrick Rice.
Born in Frankfort, N.Y., Deacon Vivacqua, 41, is currently in his fourth year at Theological College Seminary and The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., where he is pursuing a Master of Divinity degree. He also holds a Master of Education in Educational Leadership from George Mason University in Fairfax, Va., and a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from the State University of New York at Oneonta.
Deacon Vivacqua, whose home parish is Our Lady Queen of the Apostles in Frankfort, served his pastoral year at Holy Trinity Church in Johnstown and Holy Spirit Church in Gloversville from June 2014 to August 2015. Over the past three years, he also has served as a lector and Master of Ceremony for the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C. He is a Third Degree member of the Knights of Columbus, Council 178, Rochester.
Before pursuing his vocation to the priesthood, Deacon Vivacqua was an elementary school teacher and administrator in North Carolina, Virginia, and New York.
In his new role, Deacon Vivacqua may assist at Mass; officiate at weddings, baptisms, and funerals; proclaim the Gospel; and be given “faculties” (permission) to preach, in addition to other liturgical and pastoral responsibilities and ministries.