November 29, 2018
Christus Alapini, a 4th year Theology student at St. Mary's Seminary in Houston, Texas, will be ordained to the Sacred Order of the Diaconate by Bishop Mark J. Seitz, D.D. on Friday, December 14 at 6:30 p.m. at Santa Rosa de Lima Parish in Pecos.
Transitional deacons―those who are preparing for the priesthood―serve at the altar, proclaim the Gospel, preach at Mass, and are custodians of the Chalice. Deacons help the Bishop and his Priests in the ministry of the word, preside over public prayer, administer Baptism, assist at and bless marriages, bring Viaticum to the dying, and conduct funeral rites. They will become part of the clergy of the Diocese of El Paso and dedicate themselves to charitable works.
One of our greatest areas of focus is the Seminarian Education Endowment Fund, created to ensure continual resources for the recruitment and training of seminarians to serve as the future leadership of our Diocese. Recruiting and educating seminarians is a significant and critical investment and the responsibility of providing priests for the Diocese of El Paso, both spirituality and financially, belongs to all of us. We have 28 men in formation.
Since 2001, the Foundation has raised more than $15 million for endowment, raises approximately $2 million each year through the Progress Annual Appeal and $1 million annually from outside grants. The Seminarian Education Endowment Fund has a fund value of $2 million and our short-term goal is to grow the fund to $5 million to generate a $200,000 annual distribution for seminarian education. Your gifts to the Seminarian Education Endowment Fund will go directly to educating our future priests. By supporting the needs of today, we will carry on the rich heritage of those who came before us.
Join Bishop Mark and the communities of El Paso and West Texas in celebrating the Mass of Ordination as Christus is ordained a transitional deacon on his way to the priesthood. Christus Alapini (St. Mary’s Seminary, Houston), Michael Lewis (Mundelein Seminary, Chicago), and Miguel Pérez (Sacred Heart Seminary & School of Theology, Wisconsin) will be ordained to the Priesthood in 2019. When men are ordained for the Diocese of El Paso, they are incardinated to the Diocese of El Paso—this is the diocese they will serve.