Dear friends in Christ,
By now, I have met many of you after Mass, in the office, or at other events, but I want to take a few moments to introduce myself: my name is Dean Marshall, a seminarian for the Diocese of Sacramento, and I have been assigned to Our Lady of the Assumption for my Pastoral Internship year, which will last until May 2017. I am a native of Sacramento, graduating from Cordova High School. Prior to seminary, I worked with at-risk youth and I also served as the Middle School English teacher at St. Isidore School in Yuba City. A convert to the Faith, I was baptized in 2005, my home parish being St. Mel’s Church in Fair Oaks. While I have attended American River College and Franciscan University of Steubenville, I am currently enrolled at Mount Angel Seminary in Oregon. I have completed my second year of Theology studies and returned from a three-month language immersion program in Mexico City. Now I am blessed to find myself here at Our Lady of the Assumption for my internship year.
My primary “job” here at the parish is to learn from Fr. Eduino and the parish community as I seek to “live the life of a priest” here at OLA; God willing, I will be ordained a priest myself in 2019. Throughout the year, I hope to get to know many of you. You’ll see me at Mass and other events around the parish and school. I am quickly learning that OLA is indeed a vibrant community with many opportunities to serve the Lord and His people. Please feel free to come over and say “hello!”
Thank you all so much for the warm welcome. Over the next few weeks, I will be working to connect with various groups in the parish, but you are also more than welcome to contact me as well. Your presence, even in these first few days, has been a blessing, and I thank the Lord for sending me here to OLA. I look forward to serving with you and learning from you throughout this year, and if you have a moment, please say a prayer for me and all of the seminarians on their Pastoral Internship year. Please also know that you are in my prayers as well!
Finally, I would like to express my gratitude once more to all of you who have been so hospitable, but especially to Fr. Eduino for allowing me this opportunity!
Seminarian for the Diocese of Sacramento