ACUSHNET, MA – The Reverend Mr. Steven Booth, a candidate for the Catholic priesthood and the United States Military chaplaincy, was ordained a transitional deacon on Saturday, May 11, in Acushnet, MA.
Deacon Booth, 26, is in priestly formation at St. John’s Seminary in Brighton, MA. He hopes eventually to serve as a Catholic chaplain in the U.S. Navy with endorsement and faculties from the Archdiocese for the Military Services (AMS), USA, after three years of pastoral service in his home Diocese of Fall River.
Bishop Edgar Moreira da Cunha of Fall River ordained the new deacon at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church through the laying of hands and the prayer of consecration invoking the Holy Spirit. AMS Auxiliary Bishop William (Bill) Muhm concelebrated the 11:00 a.m. ordination Mass.
The Rev. Mr. Booth said he was inspired to pursue a vocation through the influence of his Catholic upbringing. “Growing up my parents were strong teachers of the faith and I had wonderful examples of happy, holy priests. As a kid, serving at the altar had a significant impact, and as I grew older, time spent before the Eucharist in adoration was a great consolation. All this naturally developed into a love for God and His people. Within that context, I started to feel a call to the priesthood.”
The new deacon is a 2012 graduate of Bristol County Agricultural High School in Dighton, MA. He graduated in 2016 from Providence College in Providence, RI, with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in philosophy before entering the seminary. He is on track to be ordained a priest in June of 2020.
Of his diaconal ordination, Rev. Mr. Booth said, “God is so good and He is always powerfully at work within His Church and the world. He is in charge. I know the Lord loves me and will continue to help and strengthen me and so I am happy to follow after the Lord and to serve the Lord and His people in this beautiful vocation. Blessed be God.”