Priests of the Diocese of Dallas will gather on Thursday, May 31 to celebrate the future priests to be ordained June 2, and to honor the service of thirty priests who will celebrate significant anniversaries of ministry to the Church this year.
Cistercian Father Bede Lackner will celebrate his 60th sacerdotal jubilee on August 2, and is the longest serving of the honorees. Father Henry Drozd will observe 50 years of priestly life when he celebrates his golden sacerdotal jubilee on December 19.
Marking 40 years in the priesthood will be: Fathers Efren Ortega, Peter Phan and Ernesto Torres. Observing 30th anniversaries will be: Fathers F. William Huete, SJ, Gregory Kelly, Benjamin Molina and Joseph Nguyen.
Twenty year celebrations will be observed by Fathers Anibal Adorno, Scott O’Brien, OP, Manuel Sabando and Stephen Sanchez, OCD. Ten year observances will be marked by Fathers Jerome Earley, OCD, Agustin Fuentes, Patrick Olaleye and Benito Tamez.
To these priests and to their fellow honorees we offer our gratitude for their years of ministry and rejoice in the many to whom they have made Christ present in word and sacrament. We pray they be given many more years of service to Jesus in his Church.
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