Special to the Rio Grande Catholic
Bishop Mark J. Seitz ordained two transitional deacons and 10 permanent deacons in ceremonies June 14 at St. Stephen Deacon and Martyr Parish Church.
Seminarians Gleen Carpe and Apolinar Samboni became transitional deacons, the final step on their progress to ordination as priests of the Diocese of El Paso.
Becoming permanent deacons were Victor Acosta, Samuel Bernal, Luis Carrasco, Ricardo Corella, Jesus Cortinas, John Farley, Robert Garcia, Roberto Guerra, Ray Niblett, and Jose Zaragoza.
Carpe and Samboni began their studies for the priesthood at St. Charles Borremeo Seminary in El Paso and are completing their preparation and theological studies at Assumption Seminary / Oblate School of Theology in San Antonio..
The 10 permanent deacons have completed preparation in a three-year theology course at Tepeyac Institute accompanied by instruction and practice in the duties of permanent deacons.
In Baptism, Bishop Seitz told the new deacons and those in attendance, “all of us received our vocation as a response to the super-abundant love of God. Diaconia is, in its primary sense, our vocation as Christians.”
Within the diaconate there are many possibilities for service to the Lord, the bishop said.
“Those who are not already married dedicate their lives to service as a sign of the presence of the reign of God already present within the world by making a promise of celibacy,” Bishop Seitz noted. “They are signs of that life to come in which, as Jesus reminds us, people are not married or given in marriage. Others who are married at the time of their ordination commit themselves to offer their diaconia drawing from the font of their marriage and their family life. Some deacons are going to serve in part through their work in the world. Others who are already retired will dedicate all their time to service in their parishes. Our two transitional deacons, Gleen and Apolinar, will continue their studies and their parish experiences.”
A native of the Philippines, Carpe began to think about becoming a priest “at the age of ten,” he said in response to a seminary questionnaire. He was then an altar server.
Samboni also said he was inspired toward the priesthood when he was an altar server and observed the work of the priests in his native Bolivar, Colombia.
Carpe is advancing his studies of Spanish this summer in the Cirimex Program at Guadalajara, Mexico. Samboni is continuing his year of pastoral work at Most Holy Trinity Parish. Both will graduate Assumption Seminary in December.
Bishop Seitz has announced the following assignments, effective June 14, for the newly installed permanent deacons:
Victor Acosta, St. Raphael Parish; Sam Bernal, San Antonio de Padua Parish; Luis Carrasco, Corpus Christi Parish; Ricardo Corella, St. Thomas Aquinas Parish; Jesus (Carlos) Cortinas, Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish; John Farley, St. Luke Parish; Roberto Garcia, Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish in Fabens and Santa Rita in Tornillo; Roberto Guerra, Sacred Heart Parish; Ray Niblett, Our Lady of the Valley Parish, and Jose Zaragoza, Cristo Rey Parish.
The bishop also announced deacon assignments effective June 20: Deacon Juan Alvarez, St Pius X; Deacon William Reyes. St. Patrick Cathedral; Deacon Ignacio Torres, Most Holy Trinity Parish, ad Deacon Gus Rodriguez Sr., St. Paul Parish.
Also effective June 20, Sister Margie Silguero, MJMJ,, will be parish life coordinator in Marfa and Valentine.
There are 32 active permanent deacons serving in the Diocese of El Paso, and three retired permanent deacons.