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Priestly ordinations – May 21, 2016

Publish Date: May 20, 2016


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The Diocese of Dallas is blessed to have four transitional deacons who will be ordained to the priesthood at the Cathedral Shrine of the Virgin of Guadalupe on Saturday, May 21.

Although the day of ordination to the priesthood marks the end of many long years of preparation, it is really not the end that we celebrate but the beginning of a new priestly ministry, a life of service to Jesus through his Church and His people. Like many of life’s passages, it is both a death and a resurrection, beginning a new life. Our four priestly ordinands are:

Deacon Paul Bechter, a native of Houston, the son of Allan and Patricia Bechter. Deacon Bechter is studying Sacred Scripture in Rome at the Pontifical Biblical Institute and will return to Rome after his ordination to complete his studies effective June 1, 2016

Deacon Emmett Hall, a native of the Dallas area, and the son of Michael and Nancy Hall. Deacon Hall is currently studying Canon Law in Rome at the Gregorian University and will return to Rome after his ordination to continue his studies effective June 1, 2016.

Deacon Ignacio Olvera, a native of Ocampo, Mexico, the son of Juan (deceased) and Maria G. Olvera. Deacon Olvera is completing his studies at St. Mary Seminary in Houston, and after ordination will be assigned as parochial vicar at St.Thomas Aquinas Parish in Dallas, effective, June 15, 2016.

Deacon Daniel Rendon, a native of San Antonio, Texas, the son of Manuel and Maria Rendon, is completing his studies at Redemptoris Mater Seminary in Denver, Colorado, and after ordination will be assigned as parochial vicar at Mary Immaculate Parish in Farmers Branch, effective, June 15, 2016.

Vocations to the priesthood are the result of the prayers of the community and the nurturing environment of Catholic homes. I thank you all for your continuing prayers for vocations and I thank especially the parents of our four ordinands for the gift of their sons.

Please join me in praying that they be blessed with long and fruitful ministries.





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