For three men and their families, the journey to the Permanent Diaconate is almost complete.

On May 19, at 9:30 a.m., at the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Joseph, Carl A. Bugarin, Philip Andrew McCarty and Richard M. Noack will be ordained deacons for the Diocese of San Jose during a Mass celebrated by Bishop Patrick J. McGrath.

For each of the men, the path has been different, but the destination the same.

“I never thought about being a deacon,” said McCarty, a member of Saint Christopher Parish. “Then I received a voicemail from my pastor at the time, Monsignor Wilfredo Manrique, asking me if I ever thought about it. It then became a process of discernment and trying it on. Do I fit with this? I thought and prayed about this a lot. Now this feels right.”

In Richard Noak’s case, his pastor 35 years ago in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, saw something in the 25-year old that told him Noack might make a good deacon, even though men can’t begin the 7-year process until they reach 35.

Also, in the Diocese of San Jose, candidates must complete the three-year Institute for Leadership in Ministry (ILM).

These three men have juggled their studies for the diaconate with their first vocations as husbands and fathers. Each of the candidates credits his wife with traveling with him on this journey.

“The support I have received from my wife Kerry and my family has been a tremendous gift,” said McCarty. “I am so appreciative.”

Said Bugarin about his wife Emmy, “I would not have succeeded here if it were not for her freeing me to do the things I needed to do.”

Added Noak about his wife Sue, “She has been so supportive of me. It is something we’ve been able to do together.”

Bugarin, McCarty and Noack will learn their parish assignments just prior to their ordination.

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