CANTON – During the 11:30 a.m. Mass at Sacred Heart Parish on Sunday, Dec. 2, Cesar Sanchez was accepted as a candidate for ordination for the Diocese of Jackson. This rite is one of many steps in formation for a seminarian. Sanchez presented himself to Bishop Joseph Kopacz to ask to be considered for ordination. The bishop asked him a series of questions and then accepted him.
Six priests, two deacons and three diocesan seminarians assisted at the Mass.
Sanchez thanked his brother and sister-in-law who attended the Mass, as well as his spiritual family who packed the church for the Mass and invited everyone to a reception in the parish center following Mass. He even played his guitar and sang at the reception. He has served at the parish for more than a year.
Sanchez is set to be ordained to the transitional diaconate on Saturday, May 15, 2019 at Sacred Heart Parish during the 5:15 p.m. Mass.
All the diocesan seminarians will attend a Holy Hour for vocations on Thursday, Dec. 20 at 5:30 p.m. at the Cathedral of St. Peter the Apostle.