Archbishop Alexander Sample will ordain two men to the priesthood at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 3, at St. Mary Cathedral.
Deacon Zani Pacanza grew up as a sacristan and altar server in Manila, Philippines. He obtained a bachelor’s degree in broadcast communication at the University of the Philippines-Diliman in 1999.
From 1999 to 2002, he worked as writer, reporter and segment producer for several news and public affairs programs of the ABS-CBN Broadcast Network. From 2003 to 2007, he worked as a communications trainer for customer service call center companies in Manila.
Throughout school and his professional life, he has been an active member of different church groups, including Youth for Mary and Christ, U.P. Student Catholic Action and Singles for Christ.
He entered Christ the King Mission Seminary in 2008. In 2011, he transferred to Mount Angel Seminary as a seminarian for the Archdiocese of Portland.
Deacon Pacanza’s pastoral ministry training has included assignments at Central Catholic High School in Portland, Star of the Sea Parish in Brookings, St. Edward Parish in Keizer, St. Rita Parish in Northeast Portland, St. Juan Diego Parish in Northwest Portland, St. Monica Parish in Coos Bay and St. Mary Parish in Mount Angel. He attended clinical pastoral education at the UCSF Medical Center in San Francisco. In the summer of 2015, he also did Spanish immersion in Mexico City under the Global Education program of the Catholic University of America.
Deacon Hans Mueller, born in 1982 in Salem, was homeschooled through eighth grade. He graduated from North Salem High in 1999. He earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering in 2003 from Carnegie Mellon University. From 2005 until 2007, he volunteered with Reach Youth Ministry, giving retreats for youths in parishes around the western U.S. In August 2007 he began as youth ministry coordinator at St. Anne Parish in Grants Pass. He worked there until entering seminary in 2010.
At Mount Angel Seminary, Mueller completed pre-theology courses in 2012. He then studied theology at the Pontifical North American College in Rome. His pastoral ministry training has included assignments at Central Catholic in Portland, Regina Coeli Prison in Rome and a four-week mission trip to Kolkata, India. He attended clinical pastoral education at the Southern Oregon Rehabilitation Center and Clinics. He participated in a weeklong immersion experience with Catholic Relief Services in Bosnia and Herzegovina. In 2015 he was assigned to St. Mary Parish in Eugene to serve as a transitional deacon before returning to the Pontifical North American College to continue his formation.