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Maldonado to be ordained a deacon Dec. 28 at Cathedral
by Bonita Lawhead, Inland Register
(From the Dec. 20, 2001 edition of the Inland Register)
José Jaime Maldonado will take another step toward priesthood with his ordination to the diaconate on Friday, Dec. 28, at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Lourdes in downtown Spokane. Time of the ceremony is 7 p.m. and a reception will follow.
Maldonado is a student at Mount Angel Seminary in Oregon, working on a master’s degree in divinity. He spent two years at Bishop White Seminary in Spokane, learning English and taking classes at Gonzaga University. He had already earned a philosophy degree at Seminario de Monterrey in his homeland of Mexico, but had not yet learned English before coming to the United States.
As for his move to the church in Eastern Washington and entering Bishop White Seminary, Maldonado credits Father Heliodoro Lucatero, a Spokane Diocese priest. “I met Father Helio when I was 25,” he said. Father Lucatero recommended Maldo-nado for the diocese and the two men have kept in contact since.
Coming to the the U.S. appealed to Maldonado’s missionary spirit. “I wanted to go to a different country and learn a different language,” he said. “I also wanted to meet lots of people.”
But there was a deeper desire. Maldonado said he has wanted to be a priest “since I was just a little boy, about five or six.” He doesn’t know why priesthood appealed to him. “Sometimes vocation is a mystery.”
Visiting nursing homes to minister to the sick and aged is a special ministry for Maldonado. “I love going to nursing homes,” he said. “Visiting or holding a Communion service there is a blessing.”
Maldonado’s ordination to the priesthood will take place in May next year. His mother is deceased, but his father, Sotero Maldonado, and three sisters, who all live in Lake Okeechobee, Fla., plan to come to Spokane next spring for his priestly ordination.
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