The new seminarians include: Alwyn Anfone from San Antonio, Texas; Luis Chavez from St. Edward, Corona; Isaias Delgadillo from St. Catherine of Siena, Rialto; Vincent Padilla from St. Adelaide, Highland; Raymond Palacios from St. Catherine of Siena, Rialto; Julian Plascencia from St. Christopher, Moreno Valley and Pablo Tiriquiz from Los Angeles.
A Commitment Mass will be held in late September to officially welcome the men into Blessed Junipero Serra House of Formation and begin their studies as seminarians. At the Mass family and friends will witness as the men pledge their devotion and energy to study and spiritual growth.
Upon entering the seminary the seven new seminarians will spend six to 10 years of preparation. While at Serra House the seminarians will take formation classes, college courses at a local institution and attend Diocesan gatherings.
Then they will take courses in philosophy and theology at St. Joseph’s Seminary in Chicago; Assumption Seminary in San Antonio or St. John’s Seminary in Camarillo before returning to Serra House. Toward the end of their preparation, the seminarians will serve internships at parishes and be ordained deacons before ordination to the priesthood.