By Diane Clay
The Sooner Catholic
Three seminarians for the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City were ordained to the Transitional Diaconate June 2 at The Cathedral of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Oklahoma City. God willing, Alexander Kroll, Zachary Boazman and John Herrera will be ordained priests next year.
Two other seminarians, Jerome Krug and William Banowsky, will be ordained to the Transitional Diaconate this fall in Rome with Archbishop Coakley; Fr. Brian Buettner, vocations director; and a group of parishioners from across Oklahoma in attendance. On June 30, Deacon Vic Luong will be ordained to the priesthood at the cathedral. The ordination is open to the public.
During the diaconate ordination, the three men declared their willingness to fulfill various duties of a deacon, committed to celibacy and promised to respect and obey Archbishop Coakley and his successors. The candidates laid prostrate while friends, family, fellow parishioners and hundreds of others in attendance prayed the Litany of Saints and asked for God’s mercy and grace.
During his homily, Archbishop Coakley talked to the new deacons about how their lives must bear witness to the Gospel as they build an intimate friendship with Jesus.
“As an ordained minister of Jesus Christ, who came among his disciples as one who served, do the will of God from the heart: serve the people in love and joy as you would serve the Lord himself. That is your charge,” Archbishop Coakley said during his homily.
“Now, you are not only a hearer of this Gospel, but also its minister and herald. Hold the mystery of faith with a clear conscience. Express by your actions the Word of God, which your lips proclaim, so that the Christian people, brought to life by the Spirit, may be a pure offering accepted by God. Then, on the last day, when you go out to meet the Lord, you will be able to hear him say, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant, enter into the joy of your Lord.’”
Zachary Boazman, 26, from Saint Thomas More in Norman, attends Saint John Vianney Theological Seminary in Denver; John Herrera, 27, from Saint Joseph in Norman, attends Saint Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology in Indiana; and Alexander Kroll, 26, from Saint Francis Xavier in Enid, attends Saint John Vianney Theological Seminary.
Diane Clay is editor of the Sooner Catholic.