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Four decades in the service of God

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THE last remaining deacon from the Diocese of Agana’s original 1973 inaugural group celebrated his 40th anniversary yesterday.

Deacon Francisco C. Tenorio, the last remaining deacon from that pioneer group alive on Guam and possibly overall, celebrated his 40th-year anniversary on Divine Mercy yesterday.

His Excellency, The Most Reverend Anthony Sablan Apuron, OFM Cap. D.D., Metropolitan Archbishop of Agana, celebrated the anniversary Mass at 3 p.m. yesterday at the Dulce Nombre de Maria Cathedral-Basilica in Hagåtña.

The men who comprised the then-Diocese of Agana’s inaugural class of permanent deacons in 1973 were: Judge Paul J. Abbate, Jose V. Artero, Joseph T. Barcinas, then-attorney Ramon V. Diaz, Pedro S. Guerrero, Billy G. Huckaby, Paul J. Plaisance Jr., Jose E. Santos, Lewis W. Solsburg, and Francisco C. Tenorio.

With the possible exception of Deacon Plaisance, who moved off-island in the 1970s and who has not been heard from since, all deacons from that first group have died. Deacon and Retired Judge Diaz, Joseph Barcinas and Jose Santos all passed away within the past three years.

Deacon Tenorio, 76, was only 36 years old when he was ordained. He was the youngest of the group along with Deacon Plaisance.

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