Archbishop Alexander Sample will ordain two permanent deacons on Saturday, Oct. 26 at St. Mary’s Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. The Mass of Ordination will begin at 11 a.m. Those being ordained are John Krebsbach and Geoffrey Schmitt. 

Deacons are ministers of the Word, which means they can proclaim the Gospel at Mass, preach and teach in the name of the Church. Their sacramental ministry includes baptizing, conducting prayer services, serving as an official Church witness to marriage and conducting funerals and wake services. Permanent Deacons may be married at the time of ordination.

John Krebsbach, aged 63, is married to Pam Krebsbach and they are parents to four children.  He and his wife are parishioners at St. Anthony Parish in Forest Grove. John attended St. Joseph Catholic School in Hopkins, Minn., and graduated from Hopkins High School in 1968.  He attended Metropolitan Community College in Minneapolis, Minn,, and Hamline University in St. Paul, Minn., earning a bachelor's degree in Biology in 1976.  He then graduated from Pacific University of Optometry, Forest Grove, in 1980 with a Doctor of Optometry degree.  He has worked as an optometric physician since 1980.  He later earned a master of pastoral ministry degree from the University of Portland in 2012.

John’s ministry has included music ministry, serving as a Eucharistic Minister and reader, serving as an adult education leader, JustFaith program facilitator and serving on the Parish Pastoral Council at St. Anthony Parish. 

Geoffrey Schmitt, aged 63, is married to Debbi Schmitt, and they are parents to five children.  Geoff and Debbi are parishioners at Immaculate Conception Parish in Stayton.  Geoff attended elementary school at St. Michael Catholic School in Los Angeles, and graduated from St. John Bosco High School, Bellflower, Calif., in 1968.  He attended Cerritos College in Cerritos, Calif., earning an associate's degree in data processing programming, and he also attended California State University, Long Beach. He later earned a certificate in pastoral ministry from the University of Portland in 2012.  He retired from the United States Postal Service after a 36 year career.

Geoff’s ministry has included work at St. Mary Parish in Albany and at Immaculate Conception Parish in Stayton.  He has worked with the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) and as the Director of Religious Education at Immaculate Conception.  He has served as the Business Manager at Immaculate Conception Parish since 2011.