This past Friday, February 23rd, at St. John's, Tulsa, Robert “Keith” Fallis; José “Cuco” R. Escalera; and Robert “Bob” Alfred Scott, II were ordained to the Sacred Order of Priests by Bishop Edward J. Konieczny. The full congregation was ready to celebrate this joyous occasion and welcome Keith, Cuco, and Bob into their new role as Priests in our diocese.
The service began with Keith, Cuco, and Bob being presented for Ordination by members of their communities. As the Litany of Ordinations continued, the congregation joined in praying for Keith, Cuco, and Bob as they embarked upon this next step in their ministry journey.Diocesan Canon for Clergy Transitions & Congregational Life, the Rev. Canon Dr. Bill Carroll, preached a joyful sermon, encouraging Keith, Cuco, and Bob to intentionally and truthfully embrace all aspects of their new ministry with their whole heart and soul, as that is what they are called to do as priests. The service continued with the Examination of those being ordained, followed by the Consecration. As Bishop Ed laid his hands upon the heads of Keith, Cuco, and Bob to usher them into the Sacred Order of Priests, the front of the church filled with other priests join in extending their hands upon the soon-to-be priests.
As Keith, Cuco, and Bob are then vested and turn to greet the congregation, the church erupted in joyful applause and celebration! The service continued, with all three new priests joining to serve Communion.
At present the three newly ordained priests continue to serve as assisting clergy in the congregations where they completed field education, where the hope is that they will be mentored by experienced priests and teaching congregations. Keith is at Christ Church, Tulsa; Cuco is at St. James, Oklahoma City; and Bob is at St. John's, Tulsa. Keith, Cuco, and Bob were formed for the Priesthood at the Episcopal Diocese of Oklahoma’s IONA School of Formation and graduated this past summer.
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