On Saturday, June 30, Bishop Jaime Soto ordained twenty-seven men to the Permanent Diaconate during a Mass in the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament in Sacramento.
In remarks at the conclusion of the Mass, Bishop Soto told the new deacons, "Each of you, my brother deacons, has responded to the personal call of the Lord Jesus. He has called you with a brother’s affection. With a shepherd’s care, Jesus has brought you to this altar of charity so that your diaconal charity will only have one source, the water and blood that flow from His Sacred Heart. From this altar, taste and see the goodness of the Lord. From this altar take and share this goodness from the Lord. As ministers of the cup always remember from where the sacred chalice has drawn its grace."
Bishop Soto also shared a message for the wives of the newly-ordained deacons, saying, "In consenting to the presentation of your husbands for service to the Church, you have made this acceptable offering to God. May He continue to deepen your marriage bond so that your blessed union always witness to Christ’s joyful love for His Church."
As of Sunday, July 1, the deacons have been assigned to the following parishes:
- Dcn. Omar Bardales: Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament, Sacramento
- Dcn. Larry Bertrand: St. Clare Parish, Roseville
- Dcn. Gary Brys: St. Maria Goretti Parish, Elk Grove
- Dcn. David Campbell: Our Lady of Grace Parish, West Sacramento
- Dcn. Shawn Carter: St. Dominic Parish, Benicia
- Dcn. Kenneth Crawford: St. Clare Parish, Roseville
- Dcn. Rommel Declines: Good Shepherd Parish, Elk Grove
- Dcn. Julian Delgado: Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, Colusa
- Dcn. Román Diaz: Holy Rosary Parish, Woodland
- Dcn. Dan Haverty: Holy Trinity Parish, El Dorado Hills
- Dcn. Eric Hintz: Holy Spirit Parish, Sacramento
- Dcn. Michael Holley: Corpus Christi Parish, Tahoe City
- Dcn. Keith Johnson: St. John the Evangelist Parish, Carmichael
- Dcn. David Kraatz: Divine Savior Parish, Chico
- Dcn. Atonio Latu: St. Joseph Parish, Sacramento
- Dcn. Al Llenos: Good Shepherd Parish, Elk Grove
- Dcn. Greg McAvoy-Jensen: St. Joseph Parish, Elk Grove
- Dcn. Jeffrey McClure: St. Joseph Marello Parish, Granite Bay
- Dcn. Daniel Patterson: Holy Spirit Parish, Sacramento
- Dcn. Edward Pecis: St. Anthony Parish, Mount Shasta
- Dcn. Paul Randall: St. Dominic Parish, Orland
- Dcn. Jack Roland: St. Mel Parish, Fair Oaks
- Dcn. Scott Sexton: St. Joseph Parish, Vacaville
- Dcn. John Sheehan: St. Teresa of Avila Parish, Auburn
- Dcn. Kevin Staszkow: St. Lawrence Parish, North Highlands
- Dcn. Casey Walker: St. Basil Parish, Vallejo
- Dcn. Jack Wilson: St. John the Evangelist Parish, Carmichael
We pray for these men and their families as they begin their new ministries!
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Photo by José Luis Villegas.