Trio ordained to the transitional diaconate

May 25, 2021

With many friends and family to witness, Deacon Luis Garcia, Deacon Jacob Ramirez and Deacon Christopher Meyer were ordained to the transitional diaconate by Daniel Cardinal DiNardo at the Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart May 15. They are now in their final year at St. Mary’s Seminary before their ordination to the priesthood. (Photos by Office of Communications and April Light Photography)

HOUSTON — The Mass of Ordination of Transitional Deacons, held Saturday, May 15 at the Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, brought three men to the next step in their journey to the priesthood.

Deacons Luis Miguel Garcia, Christopher Paul Meyer and Jacob Phillip Ramirez were ordained to the Sacred Order of the Diaconate through the imposition of hands and the invocation of the Holy Spirit by Daniel Cardinal DiNardo. The tradition of laying of the hands has been handed down from the apostles, so that through sacramental grace they may effectively fulfill their ministry.

In his homily, Cardinal DiNardo said, “You will indeed be at the altar. As ministers of the altar you will proclaim the Gospel, distribute the Lord’s Body and Blood.”

Cardinal DiNardo said it will the deacons’ duty at the bishop’s direction to exhort believers and unbelievers alike and to instruct them in holy teaching. “You will preside over public prayer, and of course that means... you will have to become pretty good at praying on your own,” he said.

Their ordination as transitional deacons is one of their final steps before being ordained to the priesthood.