Karl G. Buder of Vineyard Haven, a member of Good Shepherd Parish on the Vineyard, is one of 13 men scheduled for ordination to the permanent diaconate for service in the Fall River Diocese on Oct. 8.

The service is scheduled for 11 a.m. at Corpus Christi Church in East Sandwich.

Mr. Buder and his fellow candidates have been preparing for their ordination for the past five years.

Liturgically, deacons can officiate at baptisms, weddings, wake services and burial rites, proclaim the Gospel and preach, and distribute Holy Communion as an ordinary minister of the Eucharist. Deacons are active in a variety of ministries including those to prison inmates, the sick in hospitals and nursing homes, immigrant communities and the youth.

Mr. Buder is married to Lynn Peckham Buder. They have two sons. A former probation officer serving the State of Connecticut and then U.S. District Court in that state, he and his wife now own and operate the Thorncroft Inn in Vineyard Haven.