Bishop Mark Lawrence ordained five new vocational deacons in a service at the Cathedral of St. Luke and St. Paul, Charleston, on Saturday, October 17. The new deacons are: Claudia Berry Carucci, St. Helena’s, Beaufort; Harry R. Easterling, Jr., St. Paul’s, Bennettsville; George F. “Skip” Reitmeier, Holy Cross, Sullivan’s Island; William Ricks Riggs, Sr., St. Paul’s, Summerville; Nelson T. Weaver, St. Timothy’s, Cane Bay
“What struck me,” said newly ordained Deacon, Nelson Weaver, when the Bishop laid his hands on him was, “Wow! The diocese recognizes the calling I received truly is from God and how important the ministry I have is to first responders.” Weaver, who is a Fire Chaplain, is “very humbled and honored to be an ordained clergy to serve them.”
Reflecting on the ordination Bishop Lawrence said it was “A moving, albeit masked and socially distanced, ordination, of yet another class of dedicated vocational deacons who have been tutored by Canon Mike Malone and the able staff of diocesan clergy who give of their time and expertise to help equip those raised up from within our congregations and call by God to this ordained ministry of servanthood.”
Watch a video of the ordination service.