Seminarian Francisco “Frank” Hernandez has been promoted to Holy Orders. His transitional deaconate ordination will be at his home parish, Our Lady of the Light, on Mon., Jun. 29, 2015 at 7:00 p.m.
“I considered becoming a priest since I was 9 years old, sitting in my First Communion Mass,” Hernandez said. “I was listening to the priest’s Homily and that’s when I received my calling to be a priest.”
Sem. Frank was born to Francisco R. and Inez L. Hernandez on Nov. 1, 1984, in El Paso. He attended Thomas Jefferson High School where he graduated in 2003 in the top ten percent of his class. During this time, his vocation grew with the help of Msgr. David Fierro at his home parish of Our Lady of the Light.
“Being an altar server for 12 years and a catechism teacher teaching Bible and First Communion for 7 years in the parish … deepened my faith and I wanted to learn more about how the priest takes the place of Jesus in Mass from scripture,” he said.
Also, during his high school years, Sem. Frank had a deep love for music. He entered the University of Texas at El Paso in the fall of 2003 as a music education major.
“I am a classically trained musician who plays the double bass and I have a minor in music from the University of Texas at El Paso,” he said.
In the fall of 2009, Sem. Frank graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from UTEP. In the spring of 2010, he began the application process for admission to St. Charles Seminary in the Diocese of El Paso. He was accepted and stayed in El Paso for the fall semester and did parish ministry at St. Mark’s Parish in East El Paso. In 2011, he was accepted at Assumption Seminary in San Antonio, TX, for theological studies. In the summer of 2011, he did a pastoral assignment at St Matthew’s Parish in West El Paso. There he helped with Life Teen and spoke about his vocation story to the teens in the parish. During the summer, he was also asked by the Diocese to apply to St. Mary’s Seminary in Houston, TX and was accepted. He arrived at St. Mary’s in August and received the Ministry of Reader in February 2012. Frank attended IPF in Omaha, Nebraska, during the summer of 2012. He successfully completed a Unit of Level I Clinical Pastoral Education under the supervision of Rev. Robert Z. Powell. Frank was assigned to Blessed Sacrament Church in El Paso for his Pastoral Year, 2013-2014 under the direction of Fr. Ben Flores.
“I would like to be a parish priest,” said Sem. Frank. “I would like to spread the teachings of Jesus Christ to the community. I would like to bring them, the community, closer to God so that I may be able to serve faithfully as His priest and servant.”