News around the diocese: Cardinal to ordain transitional deacon, seafarers ministry seeks help providing Christmas gifts, and more


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Ordination Mass to Transitional Diaconate on Dec. 2
SAN DIEGO –Cardinal Robert W. McElroy will ordain Sean Embury to the transitional diaconate.

The ordination liturgy will be celebrated at 10 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 2, at The Immaculata Church, 5998 Alcalá Park, on the campus of the University of San Diego. The Mass will be livestreamed through

Ordination to the transitional diaconate marks the last major step on the path to priesthood. During the Mass, the seminarian will promise to lead a life of prayer, celibacy, and obedience to his diocesan bishop.

St. Michael’s Staging ‘Lion King’
POWAY — St. Michael School’s Theater Department will present “The Lion King, Jr.,” on Saturday, Dec. 9, and Sunday, Dec. 10.

The production is a version of Disney’s stage musical adapted for younger performers. The musical itself is based on the blockbuster 1994 animated film.

Showtimes will be 2 and 7 p.m. on Saturday and 1 and 6 p.m. on Sunday, all in the parish’s Holy Family Center, located at 15410 Pomerado Road, Poway 92064.

More than 75 students in kindergarten through eighth grade have been rehearsing for three months. Students are involved in every aspect of the production.

Purchase tickets at For more information, email

Make Christmas Merry for Foreign Sailors
SAN DIEGO — Father Jim Boyd, chaplain for the Stella Maris Seafarer’s Center, is asking for help providing Christmas gifts to the foreign sailors who will stop in San Diego during the holiday season.

He is requesting Christmas-wrapped shoeboxes of toiletries, including toothbrushes, toothpaste, dental floss, deodorant, combs, razors and shaving cream.

The shoeboxes can be dropped off between 1 and 4 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 16, at 1760 Water St., San Diego 92101, just inside the gate at the end of Cesar Chavez Parkway.

Father Boyd expects that at least 10 merchant ships, each with a crew of between 20 to 25, will arrive at the Port of San Diego during the Christmas season. The Christmas presents will be for all crew members, Catholic and non-Catholic alike.  For more information, call Father Boyd at (858) 292-1822.

Local Pilgrimage Set for Advent
SAN DIEGO — The fifth annual Augustinian Advent Pilgrimage, a partnership between the Province of St. Augustine in California and Modern Catholic Pilgrim, will take place from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 16.

Enter more fully into the Advent season by taking a family-friendly pilgrimage with the Augustinians of St. Patrick’s Parish and St. Augustine Monastery in North Park.

Participants will gather at St. Patrick’s at 10 a.m. for the opening prayer service, then depart on a pilgrimage to the St. Augustine Monastery Chapel, where one of the friars will share a brief Advent reflection and there will be some time for personal prayer and offering intentions. Then, participants will walk back to St. Patrick’s and end the day with lunch in the parish hall.

The pilgrimage is free and open to the public. The round-trip walking distance is less than 3 miles, and all ages are welcome. For more information and to sign up, visit


FALLBROOK — Father Jerome (Jerry) Nadine, who spent his retirement years in the Diocese of San Diego, died Sept. 30. He was 90.

Born in Scranton, Pa., he was ordained in 1958 for the Diocese of Brooklyn, N.Y. Father Nadine retired from active ministry and moved to Fallbrook in 2009. There, he helped out as needed at St. Peter the Apostle Parish and School in Fallbrook and St. Thomas More Parish in Oceanside, as well as celebrating Masses at Camp Pendleton and Mission San Antonio de Pala.

The funeral Mass was celebrated Oct. 12 at St. Peter the Apostle Church. He was interred at Riverside National Veterans Cemetery in Riverside, Calif.

ADRIAN, Mich. – Dominican Sister Julianne Wolny died Oct. 5 at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Mich. She was 90.

She was in her 72nd year of religious profession: 21 years as a Felician Sister from Livonia, Mich., and in her 51st year in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.

Born in Saginaw, Mich., she ministered primarily in her native Michigan. But she served for 10 years in California, including as an administrative assistant at Catholic Charities in San Diego (1990-1999) and as a Minister of Presence at Scripps Mercy Hospital in San Diego for five years before returning to Michigan.

A Funeral Mass was celebrated Oct. 10 in St. Catherine Chapel at the motherhouse in Adrian, Mich.

Catholics Can ‘Encounter’ Jesus in Rancho Peñasquitos
SAN DIEGO — Encounter, a Spirit-filled evening of inspiring music, prayer, Eucharistic adoration, a healing service and reconciliation, is held on the second Friday of each month at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Parish in Rancho Peñasquitos.

Sponsored by the parish’s Hearts of Fire Ministry, the event runs from 7 to 8 p.m. The next date is Dec. 8.

For more information, contact the Hearts of Fire Ministry at

Men Invited to Join ‘Rosary Crusade’
SAN DIEGO — The Men’s Rosary Crusade gathers at 9 a.m., every first Saturday of the month, at the corner of 6th & Laurel in Balboa Park. All men are welcome.

The rosary intentions are for reparation to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, for the conversion of America, for families and for the unborn.

For more information, contact David at or (619) 920-8363.

Street Evangelization Brings Gospel to Public Square
SAN DIEGO — St. Paul Street Evangelization is a grassroots, nonprofit organization dedicated to taking the Gospel message to the streets.

Participants in the ministry do this in a non-confrontational way, allowing the Holy Spirit to move in the hearts of those who witness their public Catholic presence.

For more information or to get involved, visit, call (619) 515-3267 or email

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