The Archdiocese of Los Angeles will celebrate the ordinations of eight deacons to the priesthood and another eight men to the transitional diaconate this spring. 

The ordinations of the new deacons will be celebrated by Auxiliary Bishop Robert Barron on Saturday, May 28, at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels. Of the eight seminarians from St. John’s Seminary in Camarillo to be ordained, one, Brother Cesar Galan, is a religious brother of the Friars of the Sick Poor of Los Angeles. The 9 a.m. ordination Mass will be open to the public.

The ordinations to the priesthood will be celebrated by Los Angeles Archbishop José H. Gomez at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels on June 4. Attendance at the 9 a.m. Mass will be limited to ticketed guests only. 

Beginning on Friday, May 27, and continuing throughout the following week, the five regions of the archdiocese will host vocations holy hours at local parishes, where faithful are invited to pray for vocations to the priesthood and religious life, and in a special way for this year’s ordinandi. 

A list of the churches hosting the holy hours can be found at the online Angelus events calendar.

The ordination Masses will be livestreamed at (transitional diaconate) and (priesthood). Angelus will be publishing the stories of LA’s newest priests in the days before the priest ordinations. 

The eight men being ordained transitional deacons on May 28 are Michael DiPietro, Brother Cesar Galan, FSP, Rene Haarpaintner, Hieu Nguyen, Sergio Sandoval Martinez, Luis Gerardo Peña, Enrique Piceno, Jr., and Emmanuel Sanchez. 

The new priests will celebrate their first Masses at their home parishes the day after the presbyteral ordinations, which this year coincides with the Solemnity of Pentecost:

Father Guillermo Alonso

First Mass: Sunday, June 5, Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, 10 a.m.

Father Juan Cesar Carrasco Martinez

First Mass: Sunday, June 5, St. Finbar Church, 12 p.m. 

Father Juan Manuel Gutiérrez Sánchez

First Mass: Sunday, June 5, St. Lawrence Martyr Church, 11 a.m.

Father Daniel Lopez

First Mass: Sunday, June 5, Holy Family Church, 11 a.m.

Father Justin Dominic de Luna Ordoveza 

First Mass: Sunday, June 5, Our Lady of Refuge Church, 10 a.m. 

Father Ramon Jesus Reyes

First Mass: Sunday, June 5, St. Thomas the Apostle Church, 1:45 p.m. 

Father Daniel Vega

First Mass: Sunday, June 5, St. Louise de Marillac Church, 10 a.m. 

Father Kamil Ziolkowski

First Mass: Sunday, June 5, St. Alphonsus Church, 2 p.m.