ST. LOUIS (KSDK) – The Catholic Church has 20 new deacons.

The men were ordained Saturday morning at the Cathedral Basilica. They will serve the church in a number of ways – including administering holy communion, officiating at baptisms, witnessing marriages and presiding at wakes and funerals.

They'll also minister to the sick at hospitals.

Many deacons are married men, and many retain their jobs and careers while serving the church as deacons on a voluntary basis.

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