Bishop Malooly will ordain Richard J. Jasper to the transitional diaconate May 22, at 3 p.m. in St. Elizabeth Church, Wilmington.
The diaconate is the final step toward priesthood for Jasper, who will be ordained a priest in the spring of 2017.
“As ordination to the transitional diaconate approaches, I am looking forward to continuing this journey of faith and prayer with the people of the Diocese of Wilmington,” Jasper said. “In a special way, I am excited to be able to preach God’s Word and assist at
the altar during Mass as well as baptize and officiate at marriages. I ask for continued prayers as I move toward priesthood that I may be a humble and holy servant of our Lord and his church.”
Born in 1974 to Richard R. and Kathryn Ann (Whitworth) Jasper of Drexel Hill, Pa., Jasper is a graduate of St. Charles Borromeo Elementary School, Drexel Hill; Monsignor Bonner High School in Drexel Hill; and Cabrini College in Radnor, Pa.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in English and communications and taught in Catholic schools in Delaware County, Pa., for more than 10 years.
Jasper served as assistant youth minister at St. John the Beloved Church in Wilmington, and was a volunteer at Catholic Charities’ Seton Center in Princess Anne, Md., before entering the seminary for the Diocese of Wilmington.
He is pursuing advanced degrees at St. Mary’s Seminary and University in Baltimore.
Since 2012, he has been assigned to summer pastoral ministry and a pastoral year at St. Elizabeth Church.
More information about the Diocese of Wilmington’s efforts to increase vocations-awareness and to work with people who may have priestly or religious vocations is available by contacting Father Norman Carroll, director of Priestly and Religious Vocations at 302-573-3113 or firstname.lastname@example.org. More information is available at www.cdow.org/vocations.