The parents of Deacon Randy Hoang, Cecelia Tran and Peter Hoang of Our Lady of La Vang Parish in Northeast Portland, pose with their son and a delegation after the deacon ordination Oct. 3 at the Vatican. (Courtesy Deacon Randy Hoang)
The parents of Deacon Randy Hoang, Cecelia Tran and Peter Hoang of Our Lady of La Vang Parish in Northeast Portland, pose with their son and a delegation after the deacon ordination Oct. 3 at the Vatican. (Courtesy Deacon Randy Hoang)
VATICAN CITY — More than 30 men from dioceses across the United States were ordained deacons Oct. 3 in St. Peter’s Basilica. Among them was Randy Hoang, an Archdiocese of Portland seminarian from Our Lady of La Vang Parish in Northeast Portland.

Deacon Hoang and his classmates are studying at the Pontifical North American College.

Officiating at the ordination was Bishop Robert Seeley of the Diocese of Portland, Maine. The ordination took place at the altar of the chair of Peter, center of the Catholic world.

“One of the most moving aspects of the rite of ordination for me is the affirmation from the congregation after the calling of the candidates,” said Deacon Hoang. “It is an opportunity for the whole church community to publicly rejoice in the soon-to-be ordained men and affirm their choice in these men who have been chosen.”

Diaconate festivities at the Pontifical North American College include a vigil holy hour with the seminary community, followed the next morning by the diaconate ordination and then individual Masses of thanksgiving at which each newly ordained deacon preaches. Deacon Hoang’s Mass of Thanksgiving was at Chiesa di San Luigi dei Francese, the French church in Rome, a place that holds a special place in his heart because of its history and connection with the church of Vietnam.

Deacon Hoang will be returning to begin a pastoral year at Christ the King Parish in Milwaukie before returning to Rome for further studies in liturgy.