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Ordination 2021

On Saturday, May 29, the Vincentians of the Eastern Province (Congregation of the Mission) celebrated the ordination to the priesthood for Fr. Erik Sanchez, CM, and ordination to the transitional diaconate for Deacon Walner Diaz, CM.

The Most Reverend Alfonso Cabezas, CM, Bishop Emeritus of Villavicencio, Colombia, presided over the ordinations. For both men, these ordinations mark the culmination of a decade of theological study, instruction in the Vincentian charism, and service in Vincentians ministries.

Fr. Sanchez’s first assignment as a priest is St. Mary’s Parish in Greensboro, NC.

Deacon Diaz has been granted deacon faculties in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and will remain in formation at the Vincentian Theologate De Andreis House while he prepares for his expected ordination to the priesthood next year. His 2021 summer assignment is working with the Hispanic Evangelization Team in the Diocese of Rockville Centre.

Let us pray in gratitude for Fr. Sanchez and Deacon Diaz as they transition in their vocations as inspiring leaders of today’s Church.

Pictured are (left to right): Fr. Erik Sanchez, CM, The Most Reverend Alfonso Cabezas, Mr. Walner Diaz, CM and Fr. Stephen Grozio, Provincial, Vincentians of the Eastern Province, Congregation of the Mission.