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Archbishop to ordain six transitional deacons

Archbishop Alexander Sample will ordain six men as transitional deacons at 11 a.m., Saturday, May 17, at St. Mary Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Portland.

Those being ordained are: Scott Baier, Manuel Becerra, Freddy Bonilla Moreno, George Kuforiji, Edgar Rivera, and Edwin Sanchez. Transitional deacons continue their studies to prepare for ordination to the priesthood.

Mr. Baier was born in 1978 in Edmonds, Wash. He attended elementary school in Vancouver, Wash., and graduated from Columbia River High School in 1996. He attended the University of Washington where he earned a bachelor's degree in Russian Language and Literature in 2001. Prior to entering the seminary, he worked with St. Luke Productions, as a volunteer with the Missionaries of Charity Brothers, as a community support specialist with Catholic Community Services and he also worked for Safeway stores.

Mr. Baier entered Mount Angel Seminary in 2008. His ministry training has included assignments at St. Philip Benizi parish, Oregon City, St. John the Baptist parish, Milwaukie, a Spanish immersion summer in Cuernavaca, Mexico, and assisting with the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults process at St. Paul Parish, Silverton. He attended the Clinical Pastoral Education program at Swedish Hospital in Seattle, a pastoral year working at The Madeleine Parish in Portland, attended a Spanish immersion program in San Francisco de Dos Rios, Costa Rica and assisted at Queen of Peace Parish in Salem.

Mr. Becerra was born in 1977 in Cúcuta, Norte de Santander, Colombia. He attended elementary and secondary schools in Cúcuta, graduating from high school in 1995. He studied at the Universidad Francisco de Paul Santander in Cúcuta and at the Universidad Minuto de Dios in Bogota, Columbia.

Mr. Becerra studied at the Congregation of Jesus and Mary Seminary in Bogota, and began studying for the Archdiocese of Portland in August, 2010, at St. Patrick's Seminary and University in Menlo Park, Calif. His ministry training assignments have included St. Luke Parish, Woodburn, the Church of the Nativity, Menlo Park, Calif., St. Francis of Assisi Parish, Palo Alto, Calif., and Clinical Pastoral Education at St. Joseph Medical Center, Tacoma, Wash. He has also served at Our Lady of the Lake Parish, Lake Oswego, St. Anthony Parish, Forest Grove, St. Edward Parish, North Plains, and St. Joseph Parish, Mountain View, Calif.

Mr. Moreno was born in 1982 in La Argentina, state of Huila, Colombia. He attended elementary and secondary schools in Al Argentina, Colombia graduating high school in 2001. He earned a degree in philosophy from Sepavi School in Medellin, Columbia in 2004. He then attended the seminary Villa Paúl in Funza, Colombia earning a theology degree in 2008. He entered Mount Angel Seminary in August, 2011.

Mr. Kuforiji was born in 1951 in Oshogbo, Nigeria. He attended elementary school at St. Benedict Catholic School in Oshogbo, Nigeria and graduated from St. Joseph's College High School, Ondo, Nigeria in 1969. He studied at the University of Washington in Seattle, graduating with a bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering in 1983. Prior to entering the seminary, he worked with the Oregon Department of Transportation.

Mr. Kuforigi entered the seminary in 2010, and was installed as a lector and an acolyte in 2013. He is studying theology at the Sacred Heart School of Theology in Hales Corners, Wis. His ministry training has included assignments at St. Vincent Church, Salem, St. Francis of Assisi in Milwaukee, Wis., and Clinical Pastoral Education at St. Joseph Hospital in Tacoma, Wash.

Mr. Rivera was born in Tepic, Nayarit, Mexico in April, 1981. He attended elementary and secondary schools in Tepic, Mexico, graduating high school in 1998. He attended the Universidad Autonoma de Nayarit in Tepic, where he earned a degree in accounting in 2004. He entered the Seminario Hispano de Santa Marie de Guadalupe in Mexico City in 2004. He attended the Instituto de Estudios Ecclesiasticos where he earned a degree in Philosophy in 2007. He later enrolled at Mount Angel Seminary. His ministry training has included an assignment at St. Luke Parish, Woodburn, Clinical Pastoral Education in Washington, D.C, and a pastoral year at St. Edward Parish, North Plains and at St. Alexander, Cornelius.

Mr. Sanchez was born in 1985 in Bogota, Colombia. He attended elementary and secondary schools in Pitalito, Huila, Colombia, graduating high school in 2002. He entered the Seminary Maria Immaculada where he studied philosophy. He attended St. Patrick's Seminary in Menlo Park, Calif., where he earned a bachelor's degree in philosophy in 2010. He is continuing his studies at St. Patrick's Seminary. His ministry experiences have included a pastoral year at Our Lady of Sorrows Parish, Portland.





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