ROUND ROCK, TEXAS –The Reverend Mr. Miguel Flores-Perez, a candidate for Catholic priesthood and United States Military chaplaincy, was ordained a transitional deacon on Saturday, May 18, in Round Rock, TX. Deacon Flores-Perez, 41, is in priestly formation at St. Mary’s Seminary in Houston. He hopes eventually to serve as a Catholic chaplain in the U.S. Army with endorsement and faculties from the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS) after three years of pastoral service in his home Diocese of Austin.
Bishop Joe S. Vásquez of Austin ordained the new deacon at St. William Catholic Church through the laying of hands and the prayer of consecration invoking the Holy Spirit. The AMS Vocations Director, Father Aidan Logan, O.C.S.O., concelebrated the 10:30 a.m. ordination Mass.
The Rev. Mr. Flores-Perez said he was inspired to pursue a vocation through prayer and the good example of Catholic chaplains when he was growing up as “an Army brat.” “I am filled with a desire to serve and help others while serving in the Army,” he said. Of his diaconal ordination, the penultimate step toward priesthood, he feels “affirmed in my calling to serve God as a diocesan priest and Army chaplain, and gratitude toward God, family, and friends for supporting me.”
Among those in attendance at the ordination Mass were his mother, Ms. Shirley Flores and his brother, Mr. Carlos Flores.
The new deacon is on track to be ordained a priest in June of 2020.
Young men interested in discerning a priestly vocation, and the vocation within a vocation to serve those who serve in the U.S. military, can find more information at www.milarch.org/vocations, or may contact the Vocations Director, Father Aidan Logan, O.C.S.O., by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
(Photo courtesy of the Catholic Spirit, Diocese of Austin.)