St. Charles Parish residents Kevin Robicheaux, Paul Ory, Bruce Trigo and Jason Binet will each be ordained as permanent deacons by Archbishop Gregory Aymond on Saturday at 10 a.m. at St. Louis Cathedral.
The four local men are a part of 16 permanent deacons who will be ordained that day. Keeping with the ancient tradition of the Catholic Church, the Second Vatican Council restored the permanent diaconate in 1967 as a permanent order in the hierarchy. It is open to married men over the age of 35.
Permanent deacons, ordained after several years of theological training, many be single or married. They often hold secular jobs, and can baptize, witness marriages, perform funeral and burial services, distribute holy Communion and preach a homily. They cannot celebrate Mass, hear confessions or administer the sacrament of the anointing of the sick.
They are obligated each day to pray the Liturgy of the Hours.
Robicheaux has been married to his wife Erica for 26 years. They have two daughters, Amanda and Amber.
Robicheaux is a graduate of Hahnville High School and Nicholls State University. He taught and coached for 22 years before retiring in 2017, the same year his formation in the diaconate program began.
He is a life-long member of St. Anthony of Padua Parish in Luling, where he serves as an acolyte, and the owner of St. Charles Driving Academy.
Robicheaux said the whole formation process was about five and a half years.
“Eventually there was something missing when I walked in the gymnasium as a coach … I was looking for fulfillment. For me its about service. It’s not about what I want. I’Ill serve where is needed.”
Binet has been married to his wife Gretchen for 33 years. They have two sons, Nick and Daniel.
Binet has served in many roles at Holy Family and St. Anthony of Padua parishes in Luling, and is currently an acolyte at Holy Family. He said teaching catechism has been his greatest love prior to formation.
“Ordination is the culmination of formation preparations sealed in the sacramental Grace of Holy Orders,” he said. “It is also a community event when I consider all that were involved and I am excited to serve the Lord in this new role, especially at Holy Family Catholic Church.”
Ory and his wife Tanya have been married for 34 years. They have two daughters, Ann Marie and Maria.
Ory was baptized in St. Agnes Parish and received his first Communion at Christ the King Parish. He was confirmed at St. Theresa Parish in Sugarland, Texas.
For the past 28 years, the Orys have been parishioners at St. Charles Borromeo Parish, where Ory currently serves an acolyte. He graduated from LSU and LSU Law Center.
“Ordination as a deacon commits me in a specific way to serve Christ and His Church,” Ory said. “Jesus taught us to love God with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength. The diaconte is how he called me to do that at this time in my life.”
Trigo has been married to his wife Lisa for 40 years. They have three children – Amanda, Andrew and Lauren – and five grandchildren.
He is a member of St. Charles Borromeo Parish, where he currently serves as an acolyte. He retired from Entergy after 37 years and continues to work part-time as a consultant on utility engineering projects.
“I look forward to ordination as the means to live out my Christian vocation in serving others in a visible, permanent, and charitable presence,” Trigo said. “Ordination will become the center of my being that will affect everything else I do. I accept ordination as a gift from God, not only for myself but to be shared with others who I may meet.”