Seminarian Jorge V. Rocha ordained to the Transitional Diaconate
PROVIDENCE — The Most Rev. Robert C. Evans, Auxiliary Bishop of the Diocese of Providence, was the main celebrant at the diaconate ordination of Jorge V. Rocha on May 16 at Our Lady of the Rosary Church.
Rocha, a native of Cape Verde Islands and son of the late Fatima and Victorino Rocha, graduated from Classical High School and Franklin Pierce University where he received a B.A. degree in Journalism in 2000. He later went on to Providence College graduating with M.A. degree in History in 2005. Rocha began his seminary studies in 2012 at Pope St. John XXIII National Seminary in Weston, Mass.
In 2013, Rocha attended the Institute for Priestly Formation at Creighton University in Omaha, Neb. He also served as a seminarian at St. Timothy Parish in Warwick in the summer of 2014.
This summer, Rocha will serve as a deacon at St. Philip Parish in Smithfield before returning to the Seminary to complete his formation for the priesthood.
Transitional deacons are seminarians in their last year of preparation for ordination to the priesthood. As a transitional deacon, Rocha may baptize, proclaim the Gospel and preach at Mass, distribute Communion, witness marriages and lead rites for Christian burials.