Ordination of Deacon Christian Galvan
All are invited!
The Ordination to the Priesthood of Deacon Christian Galvan will take place at the Cathedral of St. Jude on Saturday, May 20, 2023 at 11:00am. The Mass will also be livestreamed: www.dosp.org/Livestream. The Mass is open to all and will be followed by a reception in the parish hall. During the reception Father Christian will be available to greet his guests and impart his first blessings. If you have any questions or for more details please contact the Office of Vocations at 727-345-3452 or email Jasmine at email@example.com.
Get to know Deacon Christian Galvan
Deacon Christian was born in Medford, New Jersey in 1987, though his family moved to Riverview, Florida when he was 3 years old. Since then, his family has been members of St. Stephen Parish, Riverview. His entire family is of Mexican descent.
He attended the Academy of the Holy Names in Tampa for middle school and H.B. Plant High School. He graduated with his Bachelors of Science in Civil Engineering from University of Notre Dame (GO IRISH) in 2009 and Master of Business Administration from The University of Tampa in 2011. He worked for two years as a civil engineer and then three years as a construction project manager before discerning the call to the priesthood and entering seminary in 2016. Some of his hobbies include singing, cooking, and going to Rays games. He is also passionate about youth and family ministry in parish life.
When he began discerning the priesthood, he got to know several priests his own age and saw them living their vocations in total joy. Ultimately, Jesus allowed him to see himself more fulfilled after 40 years as a priest than 40 years in an engineering career. Bearing that in his heart, he made the call to apply. It has been 7 years since making that call and he has loved this journey.