January 3, 2015  we continued our third of five years journey in diaconate formation as a part of the Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton class.

This week we were at American Martyrs Parish in Manhattan Beach where all in Diaconate formation met the new Director of Diaconate Formation, Deacon David Estrada and his wife Rita.

Deacon David is a native Californian born and raised in the Los Angeles area. He has been married to his wife Rita for 41 years, and has three grown children and four grandchildren. Ordained a Deacon in 1997, he is currently assigned to St. Benedict Church in Montebello. He has held a variety of positions within the Archdiocesan Offices, most recently as Executive Director, Office of Synod Implementation and Stewardship, retiring in early 2013. He attended the local diocesan seminaries and other schools, receiving degrees from St. John’s Seminary and the University of Southern California. He is currently a doctoral candidate at the Graduate Theological Institute where he is pursuing a Doctor of Ministry Degree.

We welcome Deacon David and his wife Rita and look forward to working with them through the remainder of our Diaconate Formation.

Your Help is needed!

As part of our Diaconate Formation, we, along with the rest of our classmates, are collecting Adult (male or female) size jackets (new or gently used) for the homeless. We are also collecting socks and underwear (both men & women), Chap Stick, cough drops, throat lozenges, hygiene products, and anti-bacterial hand sanitizer.

These items will be collected through January 23rd with their distribution planned for January 24th.   Jackets and the other items may either be dropped off at the Holy Family Pastoral Center any time prior to January 24th or to the Welcome Center on January 11th.   If you have any questions please contact us: 626.221.9797 or gbmom_01_02@yahoo.com.   Your kindness and generosity is appreciated.

We continue to be grateful for your support and prayers as we continue this amazing journey. Click here to read all of Jay and Candy’s Diaconate blogs!

If you have any questions about what we have experienced in the diaconate (aka “that deacon thing”), please ask us or send us an e-mail to gbmom_01_02@yahoo.com.

If you are interested in becoming a Deacon or a Deacon Couple for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, please contact:

Diaconate Formation Office

Archdiocese of Los Angeles

3424 Wilshire Boulevard, 2nd Floor

Los Angeles, CA 90010-2241


 Or, attend an information day:

Sunday, January 18, 2015 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at St. John Chrysostom Parish,

546 E. Florence Ave. Inglewood, CA 90301.

Candy & Jay Krueger,

Candidacy Year II, Diaconate Formation,

Holy Family Church, South Pasadena, CA

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