| Three men ordained in the Year of Mercy
"One of the happiest days of the whole year" is how Bishop Michael C. Barber, SJ, described May 13 as he began the evening Mass during which he would ordain three men to the priesthood. He thanked the three men — John Erick Villa, Luis Lopez and John Carillo — for "offering yourselves and responding to the call of Almighty God." He also expressed his gratitude to their families. He welcomed the gathering in both English and Spanish, which he would use later that evening in ordaining Father Lopez, a native of El Salvador. During the ritual, the three new priests lay prostrate on the altar of the Cathedral of Christ the Light. Among the rites: Each new priest received his vestments and was assisted by those who have been important to them on their journey; and each of the priests of the Diocese of Oakland present blessed the new priests. It was standing room only in the cathedral, and well-wishers gathered in the Cathedral Event Center afterward to line up to receive blessings from the new priests and cheer them, some with signs thanking them, and welcoming them to their new assignments. Father Villa will serve at Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish in Brentwood; Father Carillo at St. Joseph Basilica Parish in Alameda; and Father Lopez at St. Anthony Parish in Oakley.
ALL: CHRISTOPHER SILVA/THE CATHOLIC VOICE
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