Last week, I was privileged to direct their pre-ordination retreat; Saturday morning, June 11, just hours after completing the retreat, they were ordained by Bishop Filipe Estévez at St. Joseph Catholic Church.

As Bishop Estévez noted during the retreat: he began his ministry in St. Augustine in 2011 by ordaining deacons; now he concludes his time as bishop by ordaining deacons. He clearly has great affection for these men and this vocation.

The new deacons:

David Allen
Jose Garcia
Bernie Graleski
Richard Hay
Ramon Molano
Miguel Ortiz
Ray Stiles
Congratulations, brothers, and welcome! Ad multos annos!