Congratulations to our Newest Deacons
April 27, 2023 • Diocese of St. Augustine

With praise and thanksgiving to Almighty God, 11 seminarians at St. Vincent de Paul Regional Seminary in Boynton Beach, Fla., were ordained to the transitional diaconate on April 22 by Bishop Erik Pohlmeier of St. Augustine.

Deacons Diego Vasquez and Cristian Vergara were ordained for service in the Diocese of St. Augustine. They will be assigned to parishes where they will exercise their ministry in preparation to become priests the following year. Deacon Vasquez will serve at Holy Family Parish, Williston and Deacon Vergara, St. John the Evangelist, Chiefland for the summer. Both will also serve in prison ministry.
Please join us in celebration and prayer for these men.  To View the ordination Mass via Livestream, visit

From left, Father Clay Ludwig, director of vocations for the diocese, newly ordained Deacon Diego Vasquez, Bishop Erik Pohlmeier, newly ordained Cristian Vergara and Father Alfredo Hernández, rector and president of St. Vincent de Paul Regional Seminary, Boynton Beach, Fla. Photo by Tom Tracy and Jacek Goncarcz.