With praise and thanksgiving to Almighty God, the Archdiocese of Edmonton joyfully announces the upcoming ordinations to the Sacred Order of the Diaconate through the laying on of hands and the invocation of the Holy Spirit by Archbishop Richard Smith. Three men will be ordained as permanent deacons on Saturday, August 11, at 11 a.m. at St. Joseph’s Basilica.

Permanent deacons are commissioned to preach, to teach, to counsel and to give spiritual guidance. They baptize, witness marriages, and preside at wake services and funerals. In all that they do, permanent deacons act as servants of the Church. With the ordinations, the total number of permanent deacons in the Archdiocese will grow to 36.


Christopher Ashdown

Christopher and Jean Ashdown are parents to two adult children and members of St. Thomas More Parish in Edmonton.

Chris, a retired university & health care administrator, also enjoys spending time with the Edmonton Radial Railway Society, Greenwood Singers, and antique cars.


Edward Meding

Edward and Gwen Meding are parents of five adult children and members of Our Lady of the Foothills Parish in Hinton.

Edward, a retired schoolteacher, is active in prison ministry and in his leisure time enjoys music and outdoor activities. 


Ramon Morales

Ramon and Elizabeth Morales are parents to two adult children and members of St. Agnes Parish in Edmonton.

Ramon, a piping designer by trade, is also a sports enthusiast and an active member of Couples for Christ.


Also graduating from the same formation program is Gerald Logan, who will be ordained to the permanent diaconate by Archbishop Gerard Pettipas for the Archdiocese of Grouard-McLennan on July 7 in Grande Prairie. Gerald and Marian Logan are members of St Joseph Parish in Grande Prairie and parents of three adult children. Gerald, a retired school administrator, enjoys outdoor activities and with Marriage Preparation.

Please keep all these men in prayer.