By John Michael D. Pineda
Umatuna Si Yu’os
On their journey of preparing for the priesthood in the Archdiocese of Agaña, two seminarians from Guam were ordained to the transitional diaconate April 27 at St. Pius Catholic Church in Redwood City, California.
Having completed their third year of theology at St. Patrick’s Seminary & University in Menlo Park, California, Deacon Ron Pangan and Deacon Junee Valencia were ordained at a Mass celebrated by our Archbishop Michael Byrnes and other concelebrating priests. They were ordained along with two other seminarians from the Archdiocese of San Francisco, Deacon Benjamin Rosado and Deacon Ian Quito. A recording of the ceremony is available for viewing at at St. Patrick’s Seminary and University website.
Archbishop Byrnes exhorted the seminarians in his homily on the importance of preaching the Gospel and the strength needed to achieve doing so. He said, being a Christian means being another Christ and not just about “being good.”
“What the Gospel is calling us to,” said the archbishop, “is a complete transformation of our life.”
With encouragement, Archbishop Byrnes told the deacons to have boldness and confidence in proclaiming the Good News. He also urged them to have the grace available to every person “who calls on the name of the Lord.”
“Tell the world, announce the glory,” he said. “Announce the goodness and power of the Gospel.”
Delivering his points, “This is the grace the Holy Spirit has given to you brothers today,” Archbishop Byrnes said. “Let the light of the Gospel shine through your hearts, for you and for those to whom you preach.”
Father Richard Kidd, director of vocations for the archdiocese, was present at the ordination along with Vicar for the Clergy Father Michael Crisostomo. He extended his gratefulness to the Guam community that gave support for the ordination.
“It was truly a blessing to see the Guam community in California spread the word as fast as they did and to see such a wonderful show of support for the men ordained to serve the Island faithful,” said Father Richard in a message on the Archdiocese of Agaña – Vocations Facebook Page.
“The company, the food, the entertainment made us all feel like we were on Guam! May God continue to bless you for your faithfulness to Him and your support for His future priests!” said Father Richard.
We continue praying for our seminarians, as well as all clergy and religious, especially for more of Guam’s people to answer the call for priestly vocation.