Three seminarians made their deacon promises at an all-seminary Mass on April 15.
The promises made in preparation for Diaconal Ordination are the Profession of Faith, the Oath of Freedom and Knowledge, and the Oath of Fidelity.
Making promises were (pictured above, l-r): Paul Bonk of the Diocese of Springfield, Ill.; Francisco Javier Gordillo Villamil of the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau, Mo.; and Alfred Pillarelli of the Diocese of Gaylord, Mich.; as Sacred Heart President-Rector Msgr. Ross A. Shecterle looks on.
Gordillo Villamil is expected to be ordained to the priesthood and begin serving in parish ministry in December of 2015, and Bonk and Pillarelli are expected to be ordained to the priesthood in the summer of 2016.
The seminarians greet well-wishers outside the chapel after making their promises.