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On Sunday, January 9, 2011, Bishop Curtis Guillory admitted nine aspirants to the rank of Candidate for the permanent diaconate in the Rite of Admission to Candidacy.  Although this is the first official recognition of the positive signs of the vocation to the diaconate, it does not constitute any right necessarily to receive diaconal ordination.  The candidates will continue their academic studies and formation, as well as their discernment of a diaconal vocation.  Upon successful completion of their academic studies in December, 2011, they will enter a six-month internship period of ministry in a parish.  During the internship period, they will also attend several practicum classes in areas of parish ministry, e.g. sacraments, spiritual guidance, catechesis, liturgy, temporalities, diaconal responsibilities.  The final stage will include another evaluation process and, if approved, the candidates will proceed to immediate preparation for ordination.

These are our candidates:

Clint Elkins, from St. Anne Parish, Beaumont
Mirley Esprit, from St. Martin de Porres Mission, Cheek
Anthony Goudeau, from St. Pius X Parish, Beaumont
Marc Griffin, from Infant Jesus Parish, Lumberton
John Jannise, from St. James Parish, Port Arthur
Leland (L.D.) Keen, from Infant Jesus Parish, Lumberton
Garry LeBlanc, from Infant Jesus Parish, Lumberton
Ivan Watson, from St. Elizabeth Parish, Port Neches
George Wood, III, from St. Anne Parish, Beaumont

The candidates are preparing themselves for a life of dedicated service in the diocese.  The deacon is an ordained minister of the Church, a cleric, whose role is the ministry of Word, Sacrament, and Justice/Charity.  These functions flow from their sacramental identity in baptism and from ordination.  As these candidates continue their formation, the diocese is asked to remember them in prayer.

If any person is aware of anything that would exclude a particular candidate from ordination or render him unfit for the ordained ministry, you are asked to contact Fr. Michael A. Jamail, Director of Diaconate Formation, or Sister Esther Dunegan, Assoc. Director, personally at 409/924-4300, ext. 4303 or at P. O. Box 3948, Beaumont, TX  77704-3948.  Your name, address, and phone number will be required so appropriate follow-up may be done.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           (Jan., 2011)