Hatch, a graduate of Dumas High School and native West Texan, is one of four diocesan seminarians attending Assumption Seminary in San Antonio who are nearing the diaconate.
Deacon Francis Onyekozuru was ordained April 21 in Odessa; two more seminarians, Sam Matthiesen and Innocent Eziefule will also be ordained deacons in May (Schedule below).
“I have grown in so many ways: spiritually, pastorally, humanly, and academically during these past seven years,” Hatch told the West Texas Angelus, the Catholic newspaper of the diocese. “Many good people have played a big part in this process and for that, I am most grateful. I am also grateful to all those who have nurtured all the seminarians by your support, both financially and especially by your prayers! I look so forward to serving the people of God as a deacon and in God’s grace, as a Priest next year.”
Bp. Pfeifer expressed happiness over the number of young men entering the diaconate in the diocese.
“It gives me great joy as bishop to celebrate in the next few weeks the diaconal ordination of four of our seminarians for the diocese because this means that soon we will have four new priests to serve God’s people,” said Bishop Pfeifer. “I am very proud of the four who will be ordained as deacons. They have prepared well for this great day, and already from their intern programs and studies, I can see that they want to be true servants of the Lord for God’s people. This is a day to rejoice and thank God for these good men.”
Other diaconal ordinations and celebration Masses in the Diocese of San Angelo in May are as follows:
May 14 — OLFEN, St. Boniface — Diaconal Ordination of Sam Matthiesen, 6:30 p.m.
May 17 — ABILENE, Holy Family — Diaconal Ordination of Innocent Eziefule, 6:30 pm.
May 25 — SAN ANGELO, Sacred Heart Cathedral – Priestly Ordination of Brother Martin Mary Hubbs, O.Carm., 11 a.m.
May 26 -- MIDLAND, St. Stephens, 50th Priestly Anniversary of Msgr. James Bridges, 5 p.m.
May 27 -- ROWENA, St. Joseph, 50th Priestly Anniversary Mass for Msgr. Bernard Gully, 9:30 a.m.