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Bishop to ordain four transitional deacons

Bishop Richard J. Malone will ordain four men as transitional deacons in a 10 a.m. Mass Sept. 19 in St. Joseph Cathedral, 50 Franklin St.

Venatius Ifeyichukwu Agbasiere, Michael K. Brown, Samuel T. Giangreco Jr. and Michael LaMarca are seminarians who will graduate in May and expect to be ordained as priests shortly after.

Agbasiere began his studies for the priesthood in his native Nigeria. Brown, the father of two adult sons, entered the seminary after more than 24 years in U.S. intelligence, serving as an agent, investigator and manager. Giangreco is a graduate of the University at Buffalo with a degree in sociology. LaMarca graduated from Medaille College with a degree in sports management and worked with Buffalo Bisons for two seasons.