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Fifteen Permanent Deacons to be Ordained June 26

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On June 26, the Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge will ordain fifteen Permanent Deacons for the Diocese of Raleigh at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Pinehurst at 10:00 a.m.

For the candidates, this is the culmination of a five-year formation and discernment process. Bishop Burbidge requests the faithful of the Diocese to join him in praying for the candidates as they take this important step in service and commitment to the people of God. Additional information on the fifteen is available in the May 2010 print edition of the NCCatholics magazine.


Candidate Michael B. Alig
Age: 43
DOB: 8/28/1966

Family: Wife - Danae; Children - Benjamin, Milan, Michelle

Education: BS - Biology from NCSU, MBA from UNC Greensboro

Work Experience: Pharmaceutical Sales and Management

Assignment upon Ordination: Sacred Heart Cathedral Parish, Raleigh

Candidate Walter Calabrese
Age: 40
DOB: August 31, 1969

Family: Wife - Amy; Children - Lori and Leeza.

Education: Bachelor of Science in Professional Aeronautics; minor in Aviation/Aerospace Safety from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach Florida

Master of Arts in Pastoral Theology from St. Joseph’s College, Standish, ME.

Doctor of Education (Ed.D.); concentration Higher Education Leadership; currently pursuing through Northcentral University; candidacy expected December 2010; expected conferral December 2012.

Work Experience: United States Marine Corps, 1987-2007. July 1, 2007 to present: Havelock Campus Chair for Craven Community College. Instructor of World Religions, Introduction to New Testament, Introduction to Old Testament, Critical Thinking, and Introduction to Philosophy.

Assignment upon Ordination: Annunciation Parish, Havelock

Candidate Michel du Sablon
Age: 58
DOB: April 26, 1952

Family: Wife - Louise; Children - Sara, Xavier, Gabriel, Augustin, Sebastien, Lydia, Raphael, Felix, Matthias, Dominique, Laurence; Grandchildren - Maddie, Emma, Leo.

Education: BSc - Physics, Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

Work Experience: Computer programming, teaching English and French.

Assignment upon Ordination: Saint Therese Parish, Wilson

Candidate Frederick M. (Rick) Fisher, Jr.
Age: 58
DOB: October 19, 1951.

Family: Married - Shirley; Children - Keisha, Stephanie, Camille; Granddaughter Anika; Mother: Anna Wynn Fisher.

Education: Bachelor of Science in Business Administration; Registered Radiologic Technologist (RTR) with the ARRT (American Registry of Radiologic Technologists).

Work Experience: Director of Imaging Services for CarolinaEast Health System, New Bern, NC; Previously: Manager of Craven Diagnostic Center, New Bern.

Assignment upon Ordination: Saint Paul Parish, New Bern

Candidate Joseph Pius Piyasiri Gabriel
Age: 63
DOB: January 13, 1947.

Family: Wife - Dr. Mary E. Gabriel; Child - Malina

Education: MS in International Relations; MS in Industrial Engineering.

Work Experience: Lt. Col. USAF Retired, 26 years; Director, Moore County Airport Authority; Executive Director, Brothers of the Poor, Public Charity.

Assignment upon Ordination: Saint Anthony of Padua Parish, Southern Pines

Candidate Frank Taft Jones, III
Age: 59
DOB: January 11, 1951

Family: Wife - Barbara; Children - Andrew and Allison; Grandchildren Wilson, Gentry and Andrew

Education: BS in Business Administration.

Work Experience: U.S. Navy Submarine Service; Mc Donald’s Corporation; currently owner of The Soda Shoppe in downtown Edenton.

Assignment upon Ordination: Saint Ann Parish, Edenton

Candidate Juan Alexander Vicent Martinez
Age: 37
DOB: June 27, 1972 (Caracas, Venezuela)

Family: Wife - Mirla Yacqueline Rodriguez; Children - Gabriel, Wesley, Patrick.

Education: T.S.U. Informatica.

Work Experience: Account Manager, Office clerk, Administrative assistant, Interpreter/translator in a dental office.

Assignment upon Ordination: Saint Francis de Sales Parish, Lumberton

Candidate Patrick McIlmoyle
Age: 51
DOB: December 11,1958

Family: Wife - Robin; Children - Rebecca Perez, Daniel, Katie; Granddaughter – Sofia.

Education: BA Philosophy from Catholic University of America in 1980. BS in Computer Engineering from NC State University in 1997.

Work Experience: 1980-1984, United States Marine Corps; 1984 - Present, IBM Corporation.

Assignment upon Ordination: Our Lady of the Rosary Parish, Louisburg.

Candidate Emilio Mejia
Age: 57
DOB: September 25, 1952

Family: Wife - Margarita; Children - Iliana Beatriz, Daisy Geraldina, Cesar Aristides; Grandchildren - Bianka Jasmine and Michael Donovan.

Education: High School.

Work Experience: Electrician.

Assignment upon Ordination: Saint Stephen the First Martyr Parish, Sanford.

Candidate Vincent Mescall
Age: 56
DOB: March 19, 1954

Family: Wife - Sue; Children - Andrea, Vince, Jr., and Sarah; Grandchildren - Kenady, Liam, Reghan, and Camden.

Education: Ball State University, Muncie, IN, Music Education.

Work Experience: Youth Ministry Coordinator, Saint Patrick Church, Fayetteville, NC; Administrative Asst, Saint Patrick Church, Fayetteville, NC; Real Estate Sales Agent, Fayetteville, NC; Restaurant Management.

Assignment upon Ordination: Saint Patrick Parish, Fayetteville

Candidate Patrick Pelkey
Age: 52
DOB: August 6, 1957

Family: Wife - Lynn; Children - Rebecca, Stephanie and Kevin; Grandson - Benjamin.

Education: Master of Science – NC State University.

Work Experience: IT Project Management, currently work for First Citizens Bank as a Sr. Project Manager.

Assignment upon Ordination: Saint Michael the Archangel Parish, Cary

Candidate Ronald Soriano
Age: 58
DOB: December 9, 1951

Family: Wife - Diane; Children - Christopher, Catherine and Carina; Father - Pellegrino

Education: Bachelor of Engineering, Master of Science in Systems Management.

Work Experience: Assistant Store Manager for a “Catalog Showroom” retail store; US Air Force pilot and maintenance officer; and quality engineer/manager, channel development engineer, optical engineer, business development manager, product line manager, and services sales leader for IBM for 26 years.

Assignment upon Ordination: Saint Mary, Mother of the Church Parish, Garner.

Candidate Gary Cole Stemple
Age: 58
DOB: April 24, 1952

Family: Wife - Pauline; Children - Jennifer Sims, Karla Frankart; Grandchildren - William Sims and Hannah Frankart.

Education: Bachelor of Music Education and Bachelor of Music Theory and Composition - Bowling Green State University; Masters of School Administration - Fayetteville State University.

Work Experience: Teacher, Cumberland County Schools, 1988 - 1998; Assistant Principal - Cumberland County Schools, 1998 - present.

Assignment upon Ordination: Saint Ann Parish, Fayetteville.

Candidate Bradley Watkins
Age: 40
DOB: May 28, 1970

Family: Wife - Chantal; Children - Liliane, Therese, Isaac, Samuel, and Mary Frances.

Education: NCSU: Bachelor of Environmental Design in Graphic Design, Bachelor of Environmental Design in Art and Design; UNC-CH: Master of Fine Arts (painting).

Work Experience: After graduation from NCSU in 1993, I founded the Antfarm, an artists’ studio in downtown Raleigh, were I spent a couple of years painting before graduate school. After graduate school I taught classes at UNC Chapel Hill (Studio Art) and NCSU (College of Design). Co-owner of a Design/Build company in Raleigh. In 2001, I began teaching art at Cardinal Gibbons High School. In 2007, began serving as Administrative Secretary to Bishop Burbidge and Assistant to the Director of Vocations. In June, I accepted a position at Saint Thomas More Academy in Raleigh.

Assignment upon Ordination: Saint Catherine of Siena Parish, Wake Forest.

Candidate Mark Alan Westrick
Age: 44
DOB: July 21, 1965

Family: Wife - Lori; Children - Derek (deceased), Dylan and Diana.

Education: BS Ed. in Rehabilitation Counseling.

Work Experience: 20+ years working with adults and children with developmental disabilities. Currently the Administrator for RHA Health Services, Benson Unit.

Assignment upon Ordination: Saint Stephen the First Martyr Parish, Sanford