By Liz Sullivan
A quiet man, with a broad, welcoming smile and kind eyes, Robain Lamba was ordained to the Transitional Diaconate on July 6 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church. Bishop Oscar Cantú led the Mass with assistance from Bishop Emeritus Patrick J. McGrath.
The Ordination Mass, celebrated in English, Spanish, and Vietnamese, featured the laying on of hands by the Bishop and the invocation of the Holy Spirit. Lamba is expected be ordained to the priesthood in June of 2020.
“Today, Robain, the Church calls you to the Order of the Diaconate,” said Bishop Cantú. “You are called to serve, especially to those on the margins. When we want to serve the Lord, he points us towards his children. Robain, may you be a sign of what is good in the Church, and may the Lord bless you on this journey.”
While the Diocese has some priests from Africa, Lamba will be the first African priest to be ordained for San José, as he was born in Cameroon. Most of his immediate family now reside in Northern California.
Before the conclusion of the Mass, Lamba and a couple of children from the Parish laid flowers at the statue of Our Lady of Guadalupe in the Church to pray for more vocations to religious life.
As Our Lady of Guadalupe is where Lamba spent his Pastoral Year of study, the Parish hosted a Fiesta in his honor after Mass.
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