Prospective Catholic U.S. Navy Chaplain Ordained Transitional Deacon in Texas Diaconal ordination of Rev. Mr. James Dvorak marks next-to-last step before priestly ordination

Bishop Brendan J. Cahill ordains the Rev. Mr. James Dvorak a transitional deacon in Victoria, Texas, on May 25, 2019.

VICTORIA, TEXAS – The Reverend Mr. James Dvorak, LTJG, USNR, a candidate for the Catholic priesthood and United States military chaplaincy, was ordained a transitional deacon on Saturday, May 25, in Victoria, Texas. Deacon Dvorak is on track to be ordained a priest next year, and he hopes eventually to go on active duty as a Catholic chaplain in the U.S. Navy with endorsement and faculties from the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS).

The new deacon was ordained at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Victory. Bishop Brendan J. Cahill of the Diocese of Victoriaadministered the ordination through the laying of hands and the prayer of consecration invoking the Holy Spirit. AMS Auxiliary Bishop Joseph L. Coffey concelebrated the 10:00 a.m. ordination Mass.

Deacon Dvorak, 26, is a 2011 graduate of Columbus High School in Columbus, Texas. In 2015, he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Philosophy and Letters from the University of Dallas. He is now pursuing a Master of Divinity Degree at St. Mary’s Seminary in Houston.

The Rev. Mr. Dvorak says he was inspired to answer God’s call to the priesthood through Eucharistic Adoration and prayer before the blessed sacrament.  “I thank Christ for calling me to this joyful ministry of service,” he said of his ordination. “I look forward to serving Christ and his Church.”

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, or may contact the Vocations Director, Father Aidan Logan, O.C.S.O., by email at