Bishop Mark Seitz will ordain 5 men to the Order of Deacon on Friday, April 16th at Mother Cabrini Catholic Church in East El Paso.
Father John Telles, Director of Seminarians, expressed his joy about these men being ordained to the transitional diaconate this coming month.
“Each of these 5 men has unique talents and gifts that will help serve the people of the Diocese of El Paso,” Fr. John Telles said. “I am looking forward to what these men can accomplish on this list, and we are very proud of them,” he added. “We look forward to their service not just for the short term, but for the long term for many years to come in the Diocese of El Paso, he ended.
The 5 men are, José William Arévelo Narváez, 41, Astry Déraly, 39, Cesar Garcia-Ortega, 26, Edroud Jean, 38, and Sergio Legareta Carrasco, 32.
Diocesan officials say these five men have been preparing for their eventual goal of Priesthood in the Diocese of El Paso at various seminaries around the country.
José William Arévelo Narváez studied for the priesthood for 12 years, with the last 4 years in El Paso. “In thanksgiving to God, I am grateful for his generosity in calling me to serve him,” Arévelo Narvaez said.
Astry Déraly has been studying for the priesthood since 2007 in Costa Rica and was called to finish his studies in the Diocese of El Paso in 2017.“Praise be to God our Father for all his blessing. Thanks also to Bishop Mark Joseph for confirming this call to minister in the Church. Please, keep me in your daily prayers as I do so for each of you. God bless you all,” Dearly Said.
Edroud Jean has been studying for the priesthood since 2008, also in Costa Rica. He was called to the Diocese of El Paso to finish his studies to the priesthood in 2016. “I want to entrust my ministry to God, who is the source of every vocation to enlighten me and
send more vocations to the Church and in particular to our Diocese of El Paso,” Jean said.
Cesar Garcia-Ortega was born and raised here in El Paso and has studied for the priesthood since 2012. “I feel confident that God continues to call me to continue discerning His call to the priesthood,” Garcia-Ortega said. “Please continue praying for me as I continue my discernment and formation to the priesthood,” he ended.
Sergio Legarreta-Carrasco has been studying for the priesthood for the Diocese of El Paso for the last 10 years. He is striving to continue his formation in this last stop before his eventual ordination to the priesthood.
“I’m feeling excited, ready to serve the people of El Paso,” Legarreta Carrasco said.
The Diocese will be streaming the Ordination Mass held at Mother Cabrini Catholic Church on Friday, April 16th, on the Diocesan Facebook page. The Ordination Mass will begin at 6:30 pm.