Brackett to be ordained a deacon May 15

Published: May 3, 2024

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Bishop Anthony B. Taylor will celebrate the diaconate ordination Mass of Joel Brackett at 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 15 at St. Vincent de Paul Church in RogersBeing ordained a transitional deacon is a major step toward priestly ordination. A reception will follow in the parish hall. All are invited to attend. If unable to attend, watch the event live on the parish's Facebook page.

Guests are welcome to come early to pray for Brackett at 4 p.m. During this time of eucharistic adoration and vespers, prayers will be offered for him and an increase in vocations to the priesthood and religious life.

Brackett, 26, is the son of Burke and Kristi Brackett of Rogers. He will serve his first Masses as a deacon and preach his first homily during the 7:45 a.m. bilingual Mass, 10 a.m. English Mass and noon Spanish Mass at St. Vincent de Paul on Sunday, May 19.

In his 2022 vocation story he wrote, "I have become more and more enamored of the life of priestly service, a life of sacramental participation in Christ’s sacrificial love for the good of his flock. I hope and pray to one day be your servant as his priest, living out my vocation for the sake of your salvation and mine." Read the rest of his story.

Brackett is currently studying at St. Meinrad Seminary in St. Meinrad, Indiana in preparation for ordination to the priesthood in 2025. For more information, contact Georgina Peña in the Vocations and Seminarians Office at at (501) 664-0340, ext 353.