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Upcoming Ordinations!
Upcoming Ordinations!
Fr Ruben Quinteros
Friday, July 31, 2020

Dear IHM People, 

Peace! We are called to hope during this difficult times. Our Diocese desires to cultivate this virtue of HOPE with the good news of the upcoming ordinations to the diaconate and priesthood. 

Emmanuel Torres is one of our seminarians assigned to IHM and St. Mary's  this summer. 

Emmanuel will be ordained a deacon at St. Edward Church in Little Rock on Thursday, Aug. 13 at 6 p.m. Torres, 33, attends St. Meinrad Seminary in Indiana in preparation for ordination to the priesthood in 2021. He is the son of Juan and Maria Torres of North Little Rock.

Everyone is invited to follow the live-streaming ceremony through our Facebook page. 

Here are the other young men being ordained this summer:

Alex Smith will be ordained a deacon at St. Jude Church in Jacksonville on Tuesday, Aug. 11 at 6 p.m. Smith, 25, attends Assumption Seminary in San Antonio in preparation for ordination to the priesthood in 2021. He is the son of Jesus and Gilda Elizondo of Beebe.

Omar Galván will be ordained a deacon at Immaculate Conception Church in Fort Smith on Wednesday, Aug. 12 at 6 p.m.  Galvan, 27, attends St. Meinrad Seminary in Indiana in preparation for ordination to the priesthood in 2021. He is the son of Baltazar Galvan and Florina Gonzalez of Fort Smith. 

Ben Riley and Brian Cundall will be ordained deacons at Christ the King Church in Little Rock on Friday, Aug. 14 at 6 p.m. Riley and Cundall attend St. Meinrad Seminary in Indiana in preparation for ordination to the priesthood in 2021. Riley, 26, is the son of Dr. Richard and Melanie Riley of Little Rock. Cundall, 25, is the son of Yancy and Rose Cundall of Little Rock.


Priesthood Ordinations 

Deacons Joseph Friend and Daniel Velasco will be ordained to the priesthood at Christ the King Church in Little Rock on Saturday, Aug. 15 at 10 a.m. This event was moved from its original location to Christ the King Church because of the threat of COVID-19. Both men earned master of divinity degrees from St. Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology in Indiana after the spring 2020 semester. 


Deacon Joseph Friend, 26, is the son of Dr. Jerry and Dona Friend and the late Betty Friend. On Sept. 1 he will become associate pastor of Sacred Heart Church in Morrilton and St. Joseph Church in Center Ridge. He remains associate campus minister of Catholic Campus Ministry in Conway.


Deacon Daniel Velasco, 46, is the son of Ismael Velasco Miguel and María del Carmen Pérez Vargas. On Sept. 1 he will become associate pastor of Immaculate Conception Church in Fort Smith and chaplain of Trinity Junior High School in Fort Smith.