Bishop Barry C. Knestout ordained 19 permanent deacons for the Diocese of Richmond, Saturday, Sept. 15, at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, Richmond. Deacon Francis Nelson Jr. More photos from the ordination Mass appear on Pages 8 and 9. (Photos/Michael Mickle)

William Westerman and his family pray at the start of Mass, which was attended by more than 1,000 people. Left: Bishop Knestout imposes his hands upon Charles Giovannetti and prays the Prayer of Ordination.

The 19 elect listen as Bishop Barry C. Knestout questions them about their readiness to accept the responsibilities of the diaconate. 

Deacon José Francisco Ovalle Moya promises obedience to Bishop Barry C. Knestout and his successors during the Mass.

Timothy J. Greer and his wife, Kristina, process into the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart for the Mass at which he was ordained a deacon, Saturday, Sept. 15. (Photos/Michael Mickle)

As the congregation sings the Litany of Saints, the elect prostrate themselves in an act of surrender to God. (Photo/Michael Mickle)

A standing room only congregation of more than 1,000 people participates in the ordination Mass. (Photos/Michael Mickle)