Praised be Jesus Christ!
My heart is filled with thanksgiving on this joyous day.
First, I would like to thank my parents for laying the foundation of love and faith in my life. Your support, along with the support from the rest of my family, has been instrumental in helping me become the man I am today.
I would like to thank all the priests, catechists, and youth ministers all the way from my childhood years through my college years. You generously encouraged and guided me in my quest to explore the depths of our rich faith.
I am immensely grateful for the formation I have received from Saint John Vianney College Seminary and Sacred Heart Major Seminary.
These past several years in the seminary have helped my mind and heart be more and more conformed to the mind and heart of Christ.
Thank you to Father Jose’ Cabrera and All Saints Parish as well as Father Bob Schikora and Holy Family Parish. The time I have spent interning in these parishes has been a great blessing to me and has strengthened my desire for ordained ministry.
To my brother deacon-classmates present today and to all the friends I have made along this journey, know that I thank God for you and for the inestimable gift of spiritual friendship.
A big thank you to Bishop Gruss, the Office of Liturgy, and the communications and maintenance staff of the Cathedral and diocese for all the work that went nto this day.
All praise and all thanksgiving be to God! Please pray for me!