Congratulations to our seminarians who were newly ordained as deacons. The Diaconate ordination was held on October 11, 2014 in the Abbey Church with The Most Rev. Alexander K. Sample, Archbishop of Portland in Oregon as the main celebrant. Concelebrating in the Mass was Bishop Peter Hugh Brown C.SS.R. of Samoa Pago Pago, Abbot Gregory, Msgr. Joseph Betschart, Rector of the Seminary and priest formators and directors.
The newly ordained deacons are: Pio Gamig Afu (Diocese of Samoa Pago Pago) Br. Charles Nawodylo, OCD (Discalced Carmelites of the Western Province) Br. John Paul Le, OSB (Mount Angel Abbey) Br. Peter Mary Vecellio, OCD (Discalced Carmelites of the Western Province) Jose Victor Gutierrez de Anda and Michael Devin Ritter (Diocese of Sacramento).
Thank you for you prayers and support to our seminarians!