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Diocese Ordains Two Seminarians as Transitional Deacons


By Liz Sullivan

The Catholic Church in San Jose celebrated a symbol of its faith on November 3 as John Hoang and Victor Trinidad were ordained transitional deacons for the Diocese.

Amid the backdrop of the home parish for both men, Saint Victor, Coadjutor Bishop Oscar Cantú celebrated the Mass together with a full congregation.

“As many of you know, I haven’t been in the Diocese long,” said Bishop Cantú. “I did have a conversation with Victor and John over a nice meal yesterday (November 2) and I asked them to them to tell me their stories. It was fascinating listening to their stories. Somewhere, someone opened their hearts and their minds so these young men could say yes. They discovered that Christ was real. I say to John and Victor, stay close to Christ, stay close to the Holy Spirit.

Next spring, God willing, Trinidad will be the first American-born Filipino priest to be ordained for the Diocese. Hoang will be the second American-born Vietnamese priest.

Showing the diversity of the Diocese, various parts of the Mass were proclaimed in English, Spanish, Vietnamese and Tagalog.

“I say to everyone, come and you will see,” the Bishop added. “Come and discover the mystery where God dwells and you will see your trusted self and the meaning of life.”

This is the third straight year the Diocese has ordained seminarians as transitional deacons. Overall, with their expected priestly ordination, the Diocese will have these years ordained seven men to the priesthood.

Learn more about vocations in the Diocese of San Jose, by visiting www.dsj.org/vocations.

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