As they lay prone, face down before the altar, seminarians Mike Rizzo, Jake Mackowicz and Nam Doan were well on their way to a pivotal moment in their Catholic journeys. Soon all three would be ordained as the newest deacons for the Diocese of Orange.  During the ordination ceremony, prostration is a dramatic and rare sight. According to Augustinian Vocations it carries “the symbolism of death – the death of self that comes before the candidate’s rebirth into priestly service.” 

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