It is with great joy that I will ordain four deacons to the priesthood for the Diocese of Dallas on Saturday, June 2, at the Cathedral Shrine of the Virgin of Guadalupe. The ordinands are: Rev. Mr. Zach Webb, Rev. Mr. Ruben Chen, Rev. Mr. Edwin Leonard and Rev. Mr. Paolo Capra.
Deacons Webb, Chen and Leonard are from the Diocese of Dallas and completed their theological formation at St. Mary Seminary in Houston. Deacon Capra, a native of Italy, is from Sentimo Milannese in the Lombardy region and completed his theological formation at Redemptoris Mater Missionary Seminary in Dallas.
Deacon Webb is the son of Terry and Sue Webb of St. Ann Parish, Coppell. Deacon Chen is the son of Joseph and Aileen Chen of Sacred Heart of Jesus Chinese Parish, Plano. Deacon Leonard is the son of Ed and Mary Leonard of St. Ann Parish, Coppell. Deacon Capra is the son of Mario and Ann Capra of St. Maria Nascente Parish, Settimo Milanese,Italy.
We welcome these fine young men as priests of the Diocese of Dallas and we pray that their ministries will be long and fruitful. We are especially grateful to their parents for the gift of their sons to God and his Church. Let us all pray that God will grant them abundant blessings now and throughout their lives!
I ask that you please also pray for vocations to the priesthood, diaconate and religious life and personally invite young men and women to consider a religious vocation.
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