From The Boston Pilot: 

When he was young, Deacon Rafael Bautista lived a life of self-described “wildness” in his native Dominican Republic. But his youthful recklessness came to a head when he got into a life-threatening accident while riding his motorcycle. Looking back, he attributes his survival to divine intervention.

“For the grace of God, I’m here,” said Deacon Bautista. “That made me turn my life around.”

After his recovery, Bautista, the second of 10 children, came to America in search of a better life.

“We didn’t have much,” he remembered, “and that made me realize that life is not about what you have. It’s about who you are, and what you want to become.”

Deacon Bautista, of the Jamaica Plain-Roxbury Catholic Collaborative, felt the call to the permanent diaconate. On Sept. 9, the feast of St. Peter Claver, he and nine other men were ordained as permanent deacons by Cardinal Seán P. O’Malley at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross.

Deacon Bautista shared the honor with Deacons David S. Caouette of St. Patrick Parish in Stoneham; Daniel L. Cerys of St. Mary of the Annunciation Parish in Melrose; Jason C. Lampron of St. Mary Magdalen Parish in Tyngsborough; Francisco E. Mesa and Hugo D. Ochoa of St. Stephen Parish in Framingham; Daniel E. O’Toole of Mary Queen of Martyrs Parish in Plymouth; Walter E. Seamon of Our Lady of the Assumption Parish in Marshfield; Richard P. Vachter of Good Shepherd Parish in Wayland; and James J. Waldron of St. Francis of Assisi in Braintree. Timothy D. Sullivan, also of St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Braintree, was to be ordained with the deacon class, but could not attend due to illness.

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Congratulations, brothers, and welcome! Ad multos annos! 

Photo: Gregory L. Tracy