Send an email to Fr. John Riley (, copying Rita Herken ( requesting a letter of suitability. The email must contain the following information:
  • Deacon’s name.
  • Where one is visiting (name of parish, city, state, and name of diocese) .
  • Purpose of visit (baptism, wedding, funeral, assist at Mass, etc.; including the name(s) of individual, i.e. bride & groom, name of infant to be baptized, name of deceased, etc.).
  • Date of the event.
  • Name of the pastor of the parish where they will be visiting, if known.
A deacon must be current with their required VIRTUS safe environment training in order for a Testimonial of Suitability to be sent.