Mount Angel Seminary photo
Candidates pose for a photo with Benedictine Abbot Gregory Duerr and Archbishop Alexander Sample.
Mount Angel Seminary photo
Candidates pose for a photo with Benedictine Abbot Gregory Duerr and Archbishop Alexander Sample.

MOUNT ANGEL — At a Mass last month, 17 men were admitted to candidacy for ordination as deacons and priests at Mount Angel Abbey Church here.

Anthony Chijioke Ahamefule, Scott Christian Baier, Fredy Bonilla Moreno, Rodrigo Paredes, Edgar Eloy Rivera Torres and Glicerey Dolera Tupasi from the Archdiocese of Portland in Oregon were among those admitted as candidates.

Archbishop Alexander Sample presided at the Mass and Rite of Admission, which committed the seminarians to a deeper level of preparation for ordination to the diaconate and priesthood.

“This is a holy and mysterious journey to the priesthood,” said the Archbishop in his homily. “This is another ‘yes’ to the call of the Lord.” He challenged the new candidates to remember the words of St. Paul, and to “set aside former ways.” Referring to the day’s reading from the Holy Gospel, he said, “The Church needs men to light the fire. We have been lukewarm for too long.”

The candidates were from 11 dioceses from the western United States and beyond, and included Jorge Alberto Robles Cueves from the Diocese of Fresno; Carlos Malaver Parada from the Diocese of Great Falls-Billings; Marinello Ruel Saguin of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles; Timothy Thomas Ferguson from the Diocese of Marquette; Edgardo Josue Garcia Velazquez and Jose Victor Gutierrez de Anda from the Diocese of Sacramento; Angelo David Trujillo from the Diocese of Salt Lake City; Pio Gamig Afu from the Diocese of Samoa-Pago Pago; Bernardo Lara from the Diocese of San Diego; Edgar Sanchez Garcia from the Archdiocese of Santa Fe; and Jose Isaac Alejandro de la Cruz from the Diocese of Santa Rosa.

A reception for the new candidates, along with faculty and visiting bishops, priests and guests, was held in Aquinas Hall following the Mass.