EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) – Bishop Mark Seitz and the office of the Permanent Deacon of the Diocese of El Paso on Friday announced the ordination of 17 men to the program.
The ordination will take place at 6:30 p.m. at St. Mark’s Catholic Church. located at 11700 Pebble Hills Blvd. It was also broadcast live via the Diocese of El Paso Facebook page.
The diocese said it has trained these 17 men for the permanent diaconate over the past 5 years. These men will also receive a master’s degree in studies from either St. Mary’s Seminary or St. Thomas Seminary ministry. Both are located in Houston, Texas.
The original group of men who began permanent diaconate formation included an 18th member. Retired Lt. Ruben Flores, a former chaplain and EPFD deacon candidate, died with COVID-19 in January of this year. The diocese said Flores and his wife would have a place among the 17 other men in honor of what would have been her diaconal ordination.
“The candidate deacons were all in the middle of their last official retreat when they heard the
news on the death of Ruben Flores from COVID-19 ”, Deacon Jesus Cardenas, director of the
Permanent diaconate says. “The candidates all decided that as a group they wanted to honor
Lieutenant Flores had a place by their side during this ordination, ”he added.
Deacon Cardenas expressed his joy at being able to add 17 more men to the program. “It is an exciting time for them and their families and we look forward to having them as ministers in our diocese.”
The Permanent Deacon Ordinands and their assignments are as follows:
Daniel Bejarano – St. Rapahel Parish
Luis Alberto Buena – Saint Mark’s Parish
Julio Cesar Diaz – San Judas Tadeo Parish
Ruben Jasso Gomez – St. Thomas Apostle Parish (Monahans, TX)
Dagoberto Gonzalez – Parish of St. Frances Xavier Cabrini
José Marcos Gonzalez – Parish of San Antonio de Padua
Wade Stevens Horsch – Our Lady of the Assumption Parish
Oscar Marruffo Machuca – Sta. Rosa de Lima Parish (Pecos, Texas)
Arturo Rolando Medina – Cristo Rey Parish
Victor Adolfo Rubio – Queen of Peace Parish
Andres Ruvalcaba – Parish of Saint Patrick’s Cathedral
Lucio Alfonso Sandoval – Parish of Saint Francis of Assisi
Luis Angel Santos – Saint Matthew Parish
Alfredo Lorenzo Solano – Saint-Raphaël Parish
Karl Andrew Twichell – St. Luke Parish
Carlos Omar Viesca – Saint Luke Parish
Rudy Ochoa Villegas – Sta. Rosa de Lima Parish (Pecos, Texas)
Ret. Lt. Ruben Flores – El Paso Fire Department