Deacons

Deacon Ken Ewaskie was educated by the Sisters of Mercy of Assumption School in Ansonia, Graduated from Ansonia High School, and received his Bachelor of Science, Master of Science, and Sixth Year diploma of Advanced Graduate Study from Southern Connecticut State University. He was both a teacher and a principal in the Seymour school system and is retired after serving for 35 years. After six years of preparation in the Diaconate formation program, he was ordained in 2004 and assigned to the Church of the Good Shepherd in Seymour. He is a graduate of the Archdiocesan Catholic Biblical School, and is presently pursuing an advanced graduate degree in Sacred Scripture at Holy Apostles College in Cromwell. His ministries include the formation of Altar Servers, training of Readers, Baptismal Preparation, updating Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion, catechising Confirmation candidates, teaching in the RCIA program, presiding at wakes and committment services, and ministering to the sick in the parish.

Deacon Mario DiRienzo 111 was born in Italy and came to America at the age of 16 in1952. His immediate aim was to become an American Citizen which he did and then graduated from Wilbur Cross High School and Eli Whitney Technical School for Plumbing and Heating Mechanic. For the next 32 years he worked for Buckingham Routh Mechanical Contractors starting as a helper and attaining a vice Presidency and part owner of the company. During this time Mario matriculated in night courses at University of New Haven in Mechanical Engineering. 1981 brought a decision with his wife Rosemarie to go into business on his own as DiRienzo Mechanical Contractors in New Haven Ct. Since this humble beginning the business has grown to a 20 plus million yearly performing only commercial work with a staff of 38 employees in Connecticut.
Because of the blessings given to him and his family from humble beginnings he felt the need to give something back and dedicated many nights of schooling to the Diaconate Program in the Archdiocese of Hartford where he has remained since his ordination on June 21st, 1986. His first assignment was at his home parish, Our Lady of Assumption in Woodbridge for the next 15 years followed by Holy Rosary Ansonia Ct for 10 years. While active there he became a forth degree Knight of Columbus. Mario is now assigned to St. Nicholas parish in Seymour. Last year he was asked by the Diaconate Office in Hartford to mentor the newly ordained deacon program adding to his 31 years of service to our community to spread the word of the Gospel to all.