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Five men to be ordained deacons May 2

Five men from rural and urban areas of the archdiocese will be welcomed into the permanent diaconate May 2 at St. Cecilia Cathedral in Omaha.

Archbishop George J. Lucas will ordain Mark Boeding, Gregorio Elizalde, Trung T. Nguyen, Terry Price and Norman Tierney at the 10 a.m. ceremony.

Deacon James Keating, director of the archdiocese’s permanent diaconate program, said the five "represent the future of the diaconate, culturally diverse, geographically diverse and all of them deeply interested in the word of God and its power to convert parishioners’ lives.

"It is my hope that both people and priests welcome their sacramental ministry as a sign of love from God for the archdiocese."

Deacons are among three groups that receive the sacrament of holy orders and are ordained ministers in the church. The others are priests and bishops. Deacons preach, teach and proclaim the Gospel. They baptize, lead the faithful in prayer, assist the priest at Mass, witness marriages and conduct wake and funeral services. Leaders in serving others, deacons help identify and meet people’s emotional, physical and spiritual needs.



• Parish: St. Anthony, Columbus.

• Status: Married 32 years to wife, Jan; four sons and four daughters.

• Profession: Pharmacist at Faith Regional Health Services, Norfolk.

• Activities/Ministries: Journey Together mentoring program, Knights of Columbus.

• Wife’s ministries: Music ministry, Vacation Bible School, spiritual mom for Institute for Priestly Formation.

• Couple ministries: Extraordinary ministers of holy Communion (EMHC), lectors, Christians Encounter Christ, perpetual adoration, Engaged Encounter, teachers of natural family planning.

• About the call to diaconate: "It has been a journey with all of God’s people; from the beloved priest who asked me to become an EMHC, to my aunt who asked me when I was going to become a deacon, and even those people who are obstacles in our lives. It is about all the people who pray for you, support you, guide you and challenge you. It is because of these people we are able to answer the call to a permanent availability to the Lord’s servant mysteries."

• Plans after ordination: "It is my prayer that my ministry as a deacon may be used to help the people of our parish deepen their prayer lives and be more attuned to God’s call in their lives."



• Parish: Sacred Heart, Norfolk.

• Status: Married 17 years to wife, Felicia; two daughters.

• Profession: Manager, Latino Ministry Office, Archdiocese of Omaha.

• Ministries: Baptism preparation, catechesis for adults, Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults for Spanish-speaking candidates and catechumens.

• Wife’s ministries: Preparation for Quinceanera celebrations, help coordinate evangelization program Youth for Christ.

• Couple ministries: Lectors, EMHCs, marriage preparation.

• About the call to diaconate: "The call to the diaconate came almost 10 years ago as God’s response to my desire to be a better server."



• Parish: St. Leo the Great, Omaha.

• Status: Married 29 years to wife, Hanh Nguyen; three sons.

• Profession: Engineer at Omaha Public Power District’s Fort Calhoun Nuclear Station near Fort Calhoun.

• Activities/Ministries: Hospital pastoral care, Knights of Columbus.

• Couple ministries: EMHCs, nursing home visitation, preparing lunches for homeless, Bethlehem House, marriage preparation.

• About the call to diaconate: "The foremost principle toward serving is the love of our Lord, Jesus Christ. By his resurrection, he has brought eternal life to the world. He is speaking to each of us every day through the words of the Gospel. Thus to serve is to bring people to Christ and Christ to people. To serve is to bring forth Christ’s teaching in the Gospel."



• Parish: Sacred Heart, Norfolk.

• Status: Married 28 years to wife, Pat; two daughters.

• Profession: Part-time, Hobby Lobby, Norfolk

• Activities/Ministries: Fourth-degree Knight of Columbus, lead monthly Prayers for Families of Prodigals, baptism classes, deliver talks to RCIA candidates, led parish’s Fortnight for Freedom efforts the last three years.

• Couple’s ministries: Lectors, EMHCs, choir members.

• About the call to diaconate: "I had a narrow view of the diaconate as just helping our priests at our parish. However, through the academics, homiletics and practicums during deacon formation weekends, I’ve come to realize the deacon is the servant to the people. It will be Jesus working through me to touch those in need, whether in the family, school, work place, parish, hospital – wherever and whenever and however the need arises."



• Parish: St. Leo the Great, Omaha.

• Status: Married 41 years to wife, Joyce; two sons, one daughter, five grandchildren.

• Profession: Retired from Qwest Communications, Allstate Insurance, now owner and marketer, with Joyce, of Triple T’s Bone Yard BBQ sauce and rub, Omaha.

• Activities/Ministries: Fourth-degree member of the Knights of Columbus, coordinator of That Man is You! and men’s Bible study, hospital ministry.

• Wife’s ministries: Liturgy of the Word for children, food preparation for Siena/Francis House.

• Couple’s ministries: Lectors, EMHCs, sacristans, assisted living Communion ministry, Liturgy Committee, baptismal preparation.

• About the call to diaconate: "God’s call to the diaconate first came to me through a friend who suggested I consider it. Then, one Sunday, our assistant pastor mentioned it to me in the sacristy. After prayer and consideration, I shared my interest with my wife, who was very happy and supportive. (Through formation) you are formed into a person who is ready to share in the ‘Order of permanent availability to the Lord’s servant mysteries.’"

• Plans after ordination: "My plan to serve the church is to be open and receptive to Christ’s continued call, and follow where he leads me."

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