This week I had the opportunity to visit seminarians Franky Rios and Alfredo (Tito) Jaras at Assumption Seminary in San Antonio, Texas for their final evaluation. From there I went to St. Mary's seminary in Houston, Texas to visit seminarian Patrick Montgomery. It is part of the formation that every seminarian gets evaluated at the end of the school year. There are five areas to be considered: Human Formation (external forum), Spiritual Formation (internal forum), Intellectual Formation (grades/school). Pastoral Formation (ability to work with others), and self/personal care. They all did well! These are our future pastors in the Catholic Church in our diocese of Las Cruces. I encourage you to keep praying for them and for more vocations to the Priesthood and religious life.
Fr. Juan Carlos Ramirez who is also a co-director of vocations visited seminarians Gino Wilcox and Francis Gyau at University of Saint Mary of the Lake in Mundelein Seminary in Chicago. Gino Wilcox will be ordain a transitional deacon on May 18, 2018 at the Immaculate Heart of Mary here in Las Cruces at 6:00 pm. If you haven't attended an event like this, I really encourage you to do so. If you have attended one before, you are more then welcome to come back to freshen up your faith again.
Fr. Alex Ureña