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6 COMMUNITY August 20, 2019 | The Valley Catholic Robain Lamba Ordained a Transitional Deacon for the Diocese of San José By Liz Sullivan A quiet man, with a broad, wel- coming smile and kind eyes, Robain Lamba was ordained to the Tran- sitional Diaconate on July 6 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church. Bishop Oscar Cantú led the Mass with assis- tance from Bishop Emeritus Patrick J. McGrath. The Ordination Mass, celebrated in English, Spanish, and Vietnamese, featured the laying on of hands by the Bishop and the invocation of the Holy Spirit. Lamba is expected be ordained to the priesthood in June of 2020. “Today, Robain, the Church calls you to the Order of the Diaconate,” said Bishop Cantú. “You are called to serve, especially to those on the margins. When we want to serve the Lord, he points us towards his chil- dren. Robain, may you be a sign of what is good in the Church, and may the Lord bless you on this journey.” Wh i le t h e D io c e s e h a s s ome Deacon Robain Lamba joins Bishop Oscar Cantú and Bishop Emeritus Patrick McGrath after his ordination. Bishop Oscar Cantú lays his hands on Ro- bain Lamba as part of the ordination. Deacon Lamba is vested by his mother and Father Gerardo Menchaca, Vicar for Evangelization. priests from Africa, Lamba will be the first African priest to be ordained for San José, as he was born in Cam- eroon. Most of his immediate family now reside in Northern California. Before the conclusion of the Mass, Lamba and a couple of children from the Parish laid flowers at the statue of Our Lady of Guadalupe in the Church to pray for more vocations to religious life. As Our Lady of Guadalupe is where Lamba spent his Pastoral Year of study, the Parish hosted a Fiesta in his honor after Mass. Learn more about vocations in the Diocese of San José by visiting The Age of Mary: Mary’s Triumph Marian Conference 2019 Friday, Sept. 6 - Saturday, Sept. 7 Location Our Lady of Peace Parish, Family Learning Center 2800 Mission College Blvd., Santa Clara, CA Guest Speakers: Schedule FRIDAY, September 6, 2019 5pm - 6pm: Registration & Talk 7:30pm - 9pm: First Friday Mass & outdoor candlelight Rosary procession SATURDAY, September 7, 2019 7am - 7:45am: Rosary at dawn at the Shrine 8am - 8:45am: First Saturday Mass in the church, light breakfast to follow 9am - 4:30pm: Conference Talks & Lunch (optional $10 box lunch) Fr. Donald Calloway, MIC Vicar Provincial and Vocation Director for the Congregation of Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception Ticket Cost Cost: $28 (purchase tickets through our parish office or the conference website listed below) Office Hours: Mon. - Fri. 9am-12pm, 1pm-5pm (closed at 4:30pm on Monday); Sat. 9am-1pm Attendees will also be able to visit the free “Mary Mother of all Nations Exhibit”, an artistic exhibit of statues & images of Our Blessed Mother from around the world Msgr. Edwardo Chavez Director General of the Instituto Superior de Estudios Guadalupanis, A.R.