Archbishop Wuerl to Ordain Five Permanent Deacons from Spanish-Language Program

May 30, 2007

Washington Archbishop Donald W. Wuerl will ordain five men, all native Spanish-speakers, as permanent deacons for the Archdiocese of Washington on Saturday, June 2, 10:00 a.m. at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle, 1725 Rhode Island Avenue, NW, Washington, DC.

The men, all of whom are married, completed five years of theological study and prayer in preparation for ordination while working in full-time jobs. As permanent deacons, they will assist priests in preaching, distributing the Eucharist, blessing marriages, baptizing and presiding at funerals, and will dedicate themselves to works of charity. An ancient role in the Catholic Church, the permanent diaconate fell out of use after the fifth century, but was restored in the late 1960’s after the Second Vatican Council.

The men are the second group of graduates of a Spanish-language formation program established by the Archdiocese to encourage more native Spanish-speakers to become permanent deacons.

During their ordination, the men will make a promise of obedience and will receive a stole, worn over the left shoulder to symbolize that the right arm is always free to help others; a vestment worn at Mass; and the book of the Gospels, a sign that they are to proclaim the word of God. Brief biographies are below:

Sergio M. Alvarez, St. John the Evangelist, Clinton, was born in Heredia, Costa Rica and has lived in the United States for the past 24 years. Married for 13 years, he has four children. A resident of Alexandria, he was a parishioner for many years at Good Shepherd Catholic Church. He has been active with coordinating prayer groups, baptismal preparation classes and evangelization ministry in his parishes.

Carlo A. Caraballo, St. John Neumann, Gaithersburg, was born and raised in Puerto Rico, the third son of eight children. He received an undergraduate degree in mathematics and an MBA from the University of Puerto Rico. He moved to the area in 1984 while working for IBM and presently works as a senior business manager for Kaiser Permanente. He has been married for 31 years and has three adult children.

Juan Cayrampoma, Our Lady, Queen of the Americas, Washington, DC, was born in Puno, Peru, the oldest of six children. After a 30-year career in the Peruvian military, specializing in parachute jumping, he retired in 2001 and moved to the area. Married since 1975, he has three sons and two daughters. A graduate of the Hispanic Pastoral Leadership Program from The Catholic University of America, he is active in his parish through enrichment programs for engaged and married couples.

Jose Renato Molina, St. Mark the Evangelist, Hyattsville, was born in Chillan, Chile. He has lived in the United States since 1969, married in 1971 and has two sons. For 18 years, he has worked for the University of Maryland, painting and maintaining the campus buildings. He is active in his parish as a lector, altar server and religious education instructor.

Nehemias Molina, Shrine of the Sacred Heart, Washington, DC, was born in El Carmen, El Salvador, one of nine children. He moved to the United Status in 1984 to escape civil war. A computer administrator for Wesley Theological Seminary since 1997, he is married and has two daughters. He is active in the Spanish choir, marriage preparation and organizing retreats.

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