By Liz Sullivan
For three young men from the Diocese of San Jose, the path to the priesthood moves one step closer on April 22 when they are ordained transitional deacons during a 9:30 a.m. Mass at Saint Pius Church in Redwood City.
Edgar M. Elamparo, Francis Kalaw and Eric Piczon will be ordained in one of the final steps before priesthood with their classmates from Saint Patrick’s Seminary and University.
Before arriving in the Diocese of San Jose and Saint Maria Goretti Parish, Elamparo earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics and Computer Science from Pontifical University of Santo Tomas in Manila, Philippines.
“I want to make God’s unconditional love and mercy be known to many,” said Elamparo, about his desire to become a priest. “And I want for people to have a deeper, personal relationship with God.”
For Kalaw, whose home parish is the Church of the Ascension, the path to the priesthood began with a priest in high school.
“I learned to love my Catholic faith more and developed that passion for ministry and outreach,” said Kalaw, whose favorite hobbies are photography, video editing and playing basketball.
Like Elamparo, Piczon also received a college degree in Computer Science in the Philippines. Before entering the seminary, Piczon worked for eight years as a salesperson and technician for Sprint.
“I want to be a vessel of God’s love and grace to his flock,” said Piczon, whose home parish is Our Lady of Peace.
Following their ordination, the new deacons will be assigned to one of the 54 parishes within the Diocese as they finish their fourth year of Theology studies.
On June 3 the Diocese will celebrate the priestly ordination of Deacons Gabriel Lee and Khoa Vu.
For photos and a story on the ordination look for the May 9 issue of The Valley Catholic.