This morning the community of Mount Angel Abbey and Seminary and many guests celebrated the ordination to the diaconate of Chrispine Otieno of the Archdiocese of Portland in Oregon and Carlo Tejano of the Diocese of Sacramento. The Most Reverend John G. Vlazny, the Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Portland in Oregon, served as the presider.
With the ordination to the diaconate, Deacon Chrispine and Deacon Tejano begin their final year of priestly formation. In his homily, Archbishop Vlazny said that ministers are the most successful when they are whole and humble servants seeking to do the will of God.
The deacon is a steward of God's great mysteries and "a steward of the poor and needy and looks after them" said the Archbishop.
The guests at the ordination included many friends and family members of Deacon Chrispine and Deacon Carlo. Musicians for the liturgy included the seminary choir, the Filipino schola, and trumpeters Geoff Daigh and Jeffery Moore.