On Saturday, January 13, the Most reverend John Manz, Auxiliary Bishop of Chicago, ordained five young men as deacons at St. Rita of Cascia Parish in Chicago. Among them were: Brothers Robert Basler, O.S.A. and Homero Sánchez, O.S.A. (Midwest Province of our Mother of good Counsel), Craig McMahon, O.S.A. (Eastern Province of St. Thomas of Villanova), Mark Menegatti, O.S.A. (Western Province of St. Augustine), and Landon Cao, C.Ss.r. (Redemptorists of the Denver Province).
Their diaconate ordinations bring each of them closer to their priesthood ordinations. Deacons Basler and Sánchez are scheduled to be ordained to the priesthood on June 8, 2013 by Bishop Daniel Turley, O.S.A. at St. Rita of Cascia Parish in Chicago. Once ordained, Sánchez's Mass of Celebration will also be held at St. Rita Parish on June 9th at 12:00 p.m.; Basler's will be held at his home parish of St. Irenaeus in Park Forest, illinois at 10:30 a.m.