About the Ordinandi
On May 28, Bishop John Noonan will ordain transitional deacons Martin Nguyen and Luis Salazar to the order of the priesthood during the celebration of Mass at St. James Cathedral in Orlando. This final step on their journey to the priesthood comes after years of discernment and formation as they have prepared academically and spiritually to serve the people of God in the Diocese of Orlando.
The Mass will be a multicultural celebration, including readings and songs in the deacons’ native Vietnamese and Spanish languages. Deacon Nguyen, from Holy Family Parish in Orlando, arrived in Orlando from Vietnam at the age of 16 to complete his studies in the United States and Deacon Salazar found a home at St. Augustine Parish in Casselberry when he moved from his home country of Colombia nearly fifteen years ago.
“I miss my country a great deal but I brought with me many values that made us a beautiful culture, a beautiful people,” said Deacon Nguyen. “I’m looking forward to bringing those values to serving the Church in America.”
The men say they are grateful for the support and prayers they have received over the years and are eagerly anticipating celebrating this joyous occasion with the community.
“To the people who have supported me during these years I would like to say thank you,” said Deacon Salazar. “Even though my family is back in Colombia, here I have a family – the family of the community of Orlando.”
All are invited to participate in the celebration of the ordination Mass which will begin at 10:00 a.m. at St. James Cathedral (215 N. Orange Ave in Orlando). Complimentary valet parking will be available beginning at 8:00 a.m.