CINCINNATI — Deacon Mark Machuga, a permanent deacon for the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, has been appointed director of the Archdiocese’s Office of the Diaconate, effective Oct. 31.
Ordained in April of this year, Machuga serves at Our Lady of Victory Parish in Delhi Township. He is a native of Youngstown and a graduate of George Washington University, Washington D.C., in project management. He has worked as a project manager for a number of companies in Cincinnati, most recently Hewlett Packard.
The Office of the Diaconate offers general catechesis and information on the vocation of the deacon. It conducts the selection and admission process for applicants to diaconate formation and provides – through the Athenaeum of Ohio – a diaconate formation program. The office also encourages spiritual, intellectual, personal, ministerial, and communal growth among deacons and serves as a resource for placement and other personnel concerns of diocesan deacons.
Permanent deacons in the Catholic Church are ordained clergy. Their ministry includes assisting the bishop and priest at Mass, witnessing marriages and presiding at baptisms and funerals outside of Mass, blessing objects and persons (usually within liturgical celebrations), proclaiming and preaching the Word of God, and providing pastoral care of the aged, sick, and dying
The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Cincinnati is the 38th largest Catholic diocese in the country, with almost 500,000 Catholics, and has the sixth largest network of Catholic schools in terms of enrollment. The 19-county territory includes 211 parishes and 111 Catholic primary and secondary schools.