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'Joy has found a place in our hearts this day'

Text excerpted from the homily of the Most Rev. Alex J. Brunett, apostolic administrator of the Diocese of Oakland.

"My dear brothers whom I will ordain, as we gather today for your ordination ceremony, I would like to remind you that we cannot measure our success by any earthly standards. Those who have gone before you have left behind a legacy that is, for the most part, hidden and often not recognized. Few of us ever get special attention or honors, but nevertheless, we are called to be faithful servants of the Lord." (Soon-to-be-ordained priests gather before the altar, from left: Brandon Macadaeg, H. David Mendoza-Vela, Benedict Pradit Wonganant, Leonard Marrujo and Thi Van Hoang.)
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"Brandon Macadaeg is a native of the Diocese of Oakland. He did philosophy studies at Catholic University of America and continued with Theology studies at the North American College in Rome. Brandon will be the youngest priest in Oakland and brings with him a youthful energy and a zeal for spreading the joy of being Catholic and bringing Christ to people's lives. Brandon's parents Cindy and Cedric and his sister Cheryl are here." (Father Macadaeg is assigned to Holy Spirit Parish, Fremont.)

"Leonard Marrujo comes from Alameda. Leonard was a graphic designer and technical illustrator before entering the seminary in 2006. Leonard's talent for art, his sense of humor and his zeal and joy for connecting with people from all walks of life are just some of the gifts he will bring to the people of Oakland. Leonard's family members in attendance include his Mother Angela, three brothers and a sister." (Father Marrujo has been assigned to St. Augustine Parish, Pleasanton.)

"David Vela came to us as a seminarian from San Salvador, EI Salvador. David will be an asset to our diocese with his spiritual and caring nature. He enjoys visiting the sick and working with youth. Bishop Elias Bolanos of the Diocese of Zacatecoluza and auxiliary Bishop Gregorio Rosa Chavez of the Archdiocese of San Salvador have flown in from EI Salvador. Also in attendance are David's two sisters, Sonia and Maria." (Father Vela is assigned to St. John the Baptist Prish, San Lorenzo.)

"Benedict Wonganant is a native of Thailand. Benedict has made many friends here with his positive, good natured attitude and quick smile and will no doubt be a wonderful asset to our diocese. His mother, Banyen and two sisters, Maneewan and Sumitra are in attendance having flown in from Thailand. Benedict will be the second Thai priest ever ordained in the United States!" (Father Wonganant is assigned to St. Patrick's Parish, Rodeo.)

"Thi Van Hoang comes to us from Haiphong, Vietnam. Prior to coming to the U.S., Thi was a newspaper reporter for a French newspaper. Thi will be a welcome addition to our presbyterate with his sense of humor and his openness to cultural diversity. His mother, father, two brothers and three sisters are watching back home in Vietnam via a live TV feed." (Father Hoang is assigned to St. Joseph's Basilica in Alameda.)

"May your vocation and the vocation of all our priests, deacons, vowed religious and lay ministers renew our hope that the Holy Spirit will continually renew and transform God's Church in Oakland."

"In the context of your ordination today, this gesture will remind you that you can stop wondering about what you are going to get out of ordination but think of yourselves as giving your lives in the ministry of all God's people. … This gesture of prostrating yourselves before the community adds this further dimension to your priestly service. There is no place in the life of a priest or bishop for arrogance. We are after all called to be servants of the Lord. The narcissistic personality may do well in the secular world but in priesthood it taints the power of God's Word and obscures our vision of Christ."

"My brothers, your ordination today brings great joy to all of us and enriches the whole Church in the Diocese of Oakland. I will soon impose hands on you and ask my brother priests to do likewise. They are dedicated and caring priests who have already given their lives to the Lord. We are anxious to have you join us so that together we can give to those we serve a vision of hope for the future. As we journey together with that sense of mission, our ministry as priests will be for all, in these troubled times, a song of praise and joy."
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