Gabriel Walz to be ordained a transitional deacon

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Ceremony set for June 7 at St. Mary’s Cathedral in St. Cloud

June 6, 2014, edition
By Sue Schulzetenberg-Gully

Gabriel Walz, 28, will take one step closer to the priesthood this June.

He will be ordained a deacon during the Mass at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, June 7 at St. Mary’s Cathedral in St. Cloud.

On the track to priesthood, Walz will be a transitional deacon. As a deacon he can preach, minister, baptize, assist at Masses, witness marriages, officiate at funerals and lead prayer services. This summer he will serve as a deacon in a parish in the diocese.

In the fall, he will return to St. Paul Seminary in St. Paul for one more year.

7awalz“I hope to be a deacon whose heart is very close to the heart of the Lord,” Walz said.

Walz says confronting his own fears, like speaking in front of large groups, will be one of his challenges, but he enjoys spending time with parishioners. He also looks forward to living out his calling.

“Every person has some vocational calling from the Lord,” he said. “It is precisely by living that special calling with love and joy that each of us is drawn more deeply into the love and joy of Jesus. As my vocation is to serve the Lord and his church as a minister, I am most looking forward to taking this definitive step and committing my life to him.”

He said God and many men and women who have been powerful witnesses of Jesus’ love by the way they lived their lives inspired him to pursue the priesthood. He has found support from his family and God along the way.

Walz is from Mary of the Immaculate Conception Parish in Rockville. He is the son of Ralph and Jean. His siblings are Michael, Mathew (Nicole), Stephen (Rachel), Joseph, Elizabeth, Rebecca (Brandon), Emily and Bernadette. He has six nieces and nephews.

Before the seminary Walz worked for three years as an apprentice electrician. He enjoys outdoor activities, volleyball, baseball and softball. He also likes to play guitar, read and write.

His favorite Bible verse is John 15:9 — “As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you; abide in my love.”