Bishop will ordain two deacons
Bishop Henry J. Mansell of the Diocese of Buffalo will ordain two men to the priesthood during a Mass at 10 a.m. next Saturday in St. Joseph's Cathedral, 50 Franklin St., Buffalo.
To be ordained are Deacon James Hartwell, 29, who grew up on Grand Island and in Niagara Falls, and Deacon Jorge Budez-Castillo, 30, who grew up in Colombia, South America.
Hartwell is the son of Mary Alice Hartwell, director of religious education at St. Andrew's Parish, Town of Tonawanda, and the late James Hartwell. Budez-Castillo is the son of Fabian Castillo of Colombia.
The men will be the first priests ordained in the Diocese of Buffalo since May 2002, when the Rev. Paul S. Salemi became a priest.
A native of Erie, Pa., Hartwell attended St. John Fisher College, Rochester, and Wadhams Hall Seminary College, Ogdensburg, where he earned a bachelor's degree in philosophy. He earned a master's degree in divinity from Christ the King Seminary, East Aurora.
As a seminary student, Hartwell served in summer assignments at St. Andrew's, Town of Tonawanda, and SS. Peter and Paul Parish, Hamburg, and at Mayaguez, Puerto Rico. He is currently serving at Ss. Peter and Paul.
Budez-Castillo, who entered the seminary at age 18, earned a bachelor's degree from John XXIII Seminary in Barranquilla, Colombia. He also has a civil education bachelor of arts degree, an ecclesiastic bachelor of arts degree and a master's degree in divinity from the Pontifical Javeriana University, Bogota, Colombia.
After seven years in the seminary, he went on sabbatical before coming to the United States in 1998 to study at Christ the King Seminary, where he earned a master's degree in pastoral ministry.
Budez-Castillo has had summer assignments at St. Bernadette's Parish, Orchard Park, and All Saints Parish, Buffalo, where he currently is serving.
The ordination Mass is open to the public.