• June 16, 2021
 Bishop Peter Baldacchino welcomes new Priest to Catholic Diocese of Las Cruces

Francis Gyau | Photos courtesy Diocese of Las Cruces

Bishop Peter Baldacchino welcomes new Priest to Catholic Diocese of Las Cruces

This week, Deacon Francis Gyau, a Graduate of NMSU, will be ordained to the order of the Presbyterate in Las Cruces.

Solemn Vespers is Wednesday evening at 6 p.m. and the Presbyteral Ordination will be taking place Thursday at 5 p.m and both will be live streamed on the Diocesan Facebook page.

Gyau was born in Kumasi, Ghana. His parents, Mark and Joana, modeled for him good Christian discipleship as volunteers at the local parish church in Ghana. He studied mathematics at college and joined campus ministry, particularly the Legion of Mary, where he fostered his understanding of Scripture and Catholic doctrine.

Moving to the USA in 2013, he joined the Diocese of Las Cruces as a seminarian after completion of a master’s degree in mathematics at
New Mexico State University. He hopes to be a fitting bridge between God and his people with the grace of God, and to work tirelessly for the salvation of souls through prayer and works of charity.

The order of the Presbyterate is one of the three holy orders of the Church (Episcopate, Presbyterate, and the Diaconate) it is considered to be the second order of the priesthood.

Officials with the diocese say the ordination Mass is a sacramental ceremony in which a man becomes a priest and is bestowed the ability to minister in Christ’s name.

Holy Orders of the Priesthood

Episcopate – Fullness of the sacrament of orders when a man becomes a Bishop.
Presbyterate – The priesthood, second rank of priesthood.
Diaconate – Ministers in the Catholic Church.

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