Eight men were ordained as permanent deacons Saturday during a ceremony in St. Joseph’s Cathedral, Buffalo.

Bishop Richard J. Malone of the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo officiated at the ceremony for Paul H. Bork of Kenmore, Charles D. Esposito of Williamsville, Michael J. Ficorilli of Grand Island, Jeffrey D. Forster of Springville, Paul C. Kulczyk of Batavia, Steven R. Schumer of Hamburg, Daniel J. Tyler of Bemus Point and James R. Waggoner of Kenmore..

Permanent deacons can officiate at weddings, baptisms, funerals and wakes, and preach. Often, they are are married with children and have jobs outside the church.