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Saying “Yes” to God

On Saturday, June 4th, a procession of Vincentian Priests and Brothers entered the Miraculous Medal Shrine for the priestly ordination of transitional deacon Walner Diaz, C.M., A verse from the entrance hymn, O, Lord, with your eyes set upon me, gently smiling, you have spoken my name, was a reminder that we were there to witness God’s loving call to this young man, inviting him to minister as a priest.

The Most Reverend Alfonso Cabezas, C.M., Bishop Emeritus of Villavicencio, Colombia presided over the ordination ceremony.

After the Gospel, Fr. Diaz was called by name to present himself for ordination, and be-fore a church full of confreres, family members, friends, and laity from Philadelphia, Long Island, and North Carolina, he gave his “Yes” to God.

There were several poignant moments throughout the ceremony. Fr. Diaz’s sister wiped away tears of love from her eyes as her younger brother lay prostrate before the Lord during the Litany of Saints. Everyone’s heart filled with joy, as Fr. Diaz said the words of consecration and prayed the Eucharistic Prayer for the very first time.

For Fr. Diaz, as for all our seminarians who have been ordained, it was the culmination of 10-year journey of discernment, faith, hard work, and trust in God.

Following the liturgy, a joyful reception was held at Central Association of the Miraculous Medal building for all those in attendance to celebrate with Fr. Diaz this wonderful moment in his life.

Fr. Diaz’s first assignment as a priest is Our Lady of Guadalupe, Charlotte, NC.

Please continue to pray for Fr. Diaz, all the seminarians in the USA and in Panama, and ask our Lord to call young men to the vocation of a Vincentian Priest and Brother.

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