YAKIMA - Brooks Beaulaurier, Rogelio Gutierrez and Jose Manuel Herrera were recently ordained by the Catholic Church.
Beaulaurier was ordained as a deacon in the church last year and prepared for the priesthood working at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Sunnyside last summer before returning to the seminary for his final year of studies.
He is a Yakima native and graduated from Mount Angel Seminary with a Master of divinity and Master's degree in theology earlier this month. He was ordained as a priest last Friday, May 23, at St. Paul Cathedral in Yakima.
Beaulaurier will become the associate pastor of Our Lady of Fatima Parish in Moses Lake and Queen of All Saints Parish in Warden.
Gutierrez was ordained as a deacon in the church last Friday during a mass held at Yakima's St. Paul Cathedral.
He is a native of Michacan, Mexico and lived in Sunnyside for 13 years.
Gutierrez served in a pastoral internship at the Wenatchee parish throughout the past school year and will be at St. Patrick Seminary in Menlo Park, Calif. for a final year of studies.
Herrera has strong ties to Sunnyside, including service as a musician and youth leader at St. Joseph's Parish.
He entered seminary after having served in Sunnyside and was ordained a deacon at last Friday's Spanish mass at St. Paul Cathedral.
Herrera will also continue his final year of studies at St. Patrick Seminary.
Gutierrez and Herrera are transitional deacons, which are ordained as part of the preparation for priesthood.
When deacons are ordained, they promise perpetual celibacy and obedience to the bishop and his successors.