by Margaux Salcedo
Our Catholic community is blessed with two new deacons! Rev. Christian John Serrano and Rev. Earl Valdez were ordained last December 1 at 2:00 p.m. at the Most Holy Trinity Parish in Sampaloc, Manila. Bishop Broderick Pabillo, Auxilllary Bishop of Manila, presided over the holy rites.
Rev. CJ, as he is called by friends, graduated from the UST Central Seminary while Rev. Earl graduated from the San Jose Seminary.
Now that they are deacons, they are one step closer to becoming priests. Deacons can baptize, witness marriages, perform funeral and burial services outside of Mass, and distribute Holy Communion. After six months to one year as deacons, they may be ordained as priests as well.
Congratulations to Rev. CJ and Rev. Earl! May you always be blessed with wisdom, strength and joy as you continue to grow in the service of the Lord!