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Five to be ordained permanent deacons Nov. 22

Ralph Edward Bakeberg, James Patrick Philbin, Carl Peter Provost, Timothy Dean Richardson and Grant William Toma are set to be ordained to the permanent diaconate by Bishop Paul Sirba at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 22, at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary in Duluth.

This follows the custom in the diocese of ordaining permanent deacons on the Solemnity of Christ the King.

Deacon candidates

Kyle Eller / The Northern Cross

Ordination day is just weeks away for future permanent deacons, from left, Grant William Toma, Ralph Edward Bakeberg, James Patrick Philbin, Timothy Dean Richardson and Carl Peter Provost. The five will be ordained for the Duluth Diocese Nov. 22 by Bishop Paul Sirba at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary, Duluth.

Bakeberg, 53, a mechanic, hails from All Saints parish in Baxter. He and his wife Patty have two children, Cassandra and Brian.

Philbin, 51, from St. Benedict parish in Duluth, works for a small non-profit that does affordable housing for low-income people. He and his wife Margo have two children, Lucy and Rose.

Provost, 50, from St. Rose in Proctor, worked for United Health Group. He and his wife Holly have four children, Jackie, Krystal, Carl III and Benjamin.

Richardson, 58, from Immaculate Heart Church in Crosby, works as a special education teacher. He and his wife Cynthia McCarthy have two children, Emmett and Liam.

And Grant Toma, 43, of Blessed Sacrament in Hibbing, works as a patrol sergeant for St. Louis County. He and his wife Deborah have four children, Jacob, Joshua, Eleanor and Coraline.

— The Northern Cross