A crowd filled St. Mary’s Cathedral Saturday as five men –Aniceto III Villareal Guiriba, James Manuel Herrera, Peter Nhat Hoang, Charles Holden and John Marshall– were ordained transitional deacons by Archbishop John G. Vlazny.
Family and friends were there to witness the rite that sets the five deacons on the road to continue their studies and preparation for ordination as priests.
The ordination was possible because, said Archbishop Vlazny, the men "want to go where the Lord chooses to send them and they want to speak what he commands them."
"Today the church of Portland turns to these five men and asks them, throughout their lives as ordained ministers, to confront whatever evils may be corrupting the Body of Christ here and now," said Archbishop Vlazny.
"Your ordination to the diaconate today reminds us that, like all the clergy, bishops, priests and deacons, you come among the people as one who serves."
The archbishop called for the men to be strong, but also reminded them that God would provide them with strength as well along their journey.
"My brothers, the church today, perhaps more than ever, needs men of hope. Your ordination brings much hope to our church, to our clergy, to the seminary and to this archdiocese, which looks to you for an example of leadership and commitment," said Archbishop Vlazny.
Rev. Mr. Villareal Guiriba was born in Camalig, Albay, Philippines in 1977, and was raised there, later receiving a bachelor's degree in political science from the Bicol University College of Arts and Sciences in Daraga, Albay in 1998. He attended St. Gregory the Great Minor Seminary in Tabaco City, the Divine Word Mission Seminary in Quezon City, receiving a diploma in philosophy in 2005. He then studied at the Divine Word School of Theology in Tagaytay City. He entered Mount Angel Seminary in September 2010.
His ministry training has included assignments at St. Dominic Guzman Parish in Polangui, Albay, at Our Lady of the Promised Land in Quezon City, at the Good Shepherd Sisters Home for the Abused Young Women in Tagaytay City, at Mangyan Reservation Heritage site, Lunggani Najuan, Oriental Mindoro, and at Sacred Heart Parish, Kamunig, Quezon City, all in the Philippines. He has also worked at St. Anthony Parish in Tigard.
Rv. Mr. Herrera was born in 1977 in Stayton. He attended Linn Benton Community College before entering Mount Angel Seminary in 2005. He earned a bachelor's degree in philosophy and religious studies in 2008 from Mount Angel Seminary.
His ministry training has included assignments at the St. Anthony Parish Food Bank in Tigard, teaching religious education classes at Sacred Heart Parish in Gervais, serving at the Benedictine Providence Nursing Center in Mount Angel, working with the junior high school youth group at St. Mary Parish in Mount Angel, and a summer assignment at St. Stephen Parish in Portland.
He participated in a year long pastoral internship at St. Anthony Parish in Forest Grove, a summer of Spanish language immersion in Guadalajara, Mexico and clinical pastoral experience training at Good Samaritan Hospital in Corvallis.
Rev. Mr. Nhat Hoang was born in Saigon, Vietnam in 1984. He attended elementary and high school in Portland, graduating from Grant High School in 2002. He attended Mount Angel Seminary and received a bachelor's degree in philosophy in 2006. He is currently studying at St. Patrick Seminary in Menlo Park, Calif. His ministry training has included an assignment at St. Mary Magdalene (The Madeleine) Parish in Portland.
Rev. Mr. Holden was born in New York, N.Y. in 1953. He attended elementary school in Beaverton and graduated high school from Bishop Dagwell Hall School (now Oregon Episcopal School) in 1971. He attended Portland State University, graduating in 1979 with a bachelor's degree in general studies.
He entered the Catholic Church with a profession of faith in November 1972, at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church in Cottage Grove. He worked for Bank of America and Tri-Met before entering Sacred Heart School of Theology, Hales Corner, Wis., in 2007.
His ministry assignments have included time at Our Lady of Sorrows Parish, Portland, Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston, Maine, for clinical pastoral experience training, and at St. Clare Parish in Portland.
Rev. Mr. Marshall was born in Pendleton in 1978. He attended elementary school in Pendleton and graduated from Pendleton High School in 1996.
After attending the University of Portland, he entered Mount Angel Seminary, earning a bachelor's degree in philosophy in 2000. He worked in banking for Umpqua Bank for four years.
As part of his ministry training Marshall has worked with the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults at St. Paul Parish in Silverton, tutored at the Hillcrest Youth Correction Institute in Salem, participated in clinical pastoral experience training at St. Peter Hospital in Olympia, Wash., and did a pastoral year internship at Our Lady of the Mountain Parish in Ashland.