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June 10, 2014

Archbishop reports a first for archdiocese

OKLA. CITY — Archbishop Paul Coakley ordained three seminarians in a ceremony broadcast to the public — a first for the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City.

At 10 a.m. Saturday at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Oklahoma City, Coakley ordained the seminarians to the transitional diaconate, the holy order that immediately precedes priesthood.

Lance Warren of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Marlow, Aaron Foshee of the Cathedral of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Oklahoma City and Daniel Grover of Saint Andrew Catholic Church in Moore vowed celibacy and obedience to the bishop, preparatory to a final year of seminary study and eventual ordination to the priesthood of Jesus Christ.

As deacons, heralds of the gospel, it will be the duty of these three young men to teach and instruct others in the riches of the Catholic faith, as well as to perform works of charity in the name of the church, Coakley said.

“The ordination of three transitional deacons is a great blessing for the archdiocese,” Coakley said. “We rejoice and give thanks that they have responded to the call of the Lord in their lives, and we pray that he would continue to pour out His grace upon their diaconal ministry.”

Coakley said it is encouraging as well that this action signifies these three men are nearing priestly ordination.

The new deacons said they are overjoyed to have been ordained and eagerly anticipate the coming year of ministry.

“It was a beautiful experience, and I’m just really happy,” Warren said. “I’m looking forward to being able to be more involved in the life of the church and parish ministry and getting to know the people where they are in their faith journey. Hopefully, we can all grow together.”

Foshee said he will never forget a particular moment of the ordination when he lay prostrate before the altar and listened to the congregation sing the litany of the saints.

“To hear the saints of the church praying with you and for you is very profound,” Foshee said. “I feel blessed; I feel absolutely blessed to be a part of the church in Oklahoma and to begin my ministry here at home.”

Grover said he is also “excited and happy.”

“It was a great day,” he said. “Now, I’m looking forward to preaching, being able to baptize and being able to help out in any way I can.”

A recording of the ordination is available online at http://www.ckokc.org/archokc-ordination-2014.

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