Deacon Gilbreath to be ordained to priesthood; three to be ordained deacons
By ROB HERBST
The Catholic Week
MOBILE — The Archdiocese of Mobile will celebrate four ordinations at 10 a.m. June 1 as Deacon Patrick J. Gilbreath will be ordained to the priesthood while Gabriel V. Mills and brothers Connor R. Plessala and Peyton J. Plessala will be ordained to the diaconate.
All are invited to attend Mass at the Cathedral-Basilica of the Immaculate Conception. A reception will follow at The Little Sisters of the Poor’s Sacred Heart Residence at 1655 McGill Ave., in Mobile.
Deacon Patrick J. Gilbreath
Deacon Gilbreath will be ordained a priest at the age of 26. He is the son of Sally and Terry Gilbreath.
Deacon Gilbreath attended Christ the King Parish and he considers Daphne his hometown, although he’s lived in several locations because his father worked in the U.S. Coast Guard. Deacon Gilbreath attended two years of preschool and grades one through three at Christ the King Catholic School before his family moved from the area. They returned to the area in 2009 and Deacon Gilbreath graduated from McGill-Toolen Catholic High School in 2011.
He attended Auburn University for a year before entering seminary. Deacon Gilbreath graduated from St. Joseph Seminary College in 2015 and received his Master of Divinity degree and Baccalaureate of Sacred Theology degree from St. Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology in Indiana this month.
Deacon Gilbreath has served summer assignments at St. John the Evangelist Parish in Ozark, St. Bede the Venerable Parish in Montgomery and St. Columba Parish in Dothan. After being ordained, Deacon Gilbreath will serve as parochial vicar at Holy Spirit Parish in Montgomery.
“As I am approaching priesthood ordination this year, I am feeling calmer and more settled than I was this time last year,” Deacon Gilbreath said. “God has affirmed my decision to become a priest in many ways, and I am honestly humbled at the support and excitement that I have felt from many parishioners, family, friends and priests. I am also looking forward to being a parochial vicar at Holy Spirit Parish and hit the ground running with my ministry. My time in seminary is coming to an end, but I am ready to be a priest and be back down in Alabama again.”
Mr. Gabriel V. Mills
Gabriel Mills will be ordained a transitional deacon at the age of 43. He was baptized and received his first Communion at Little Flower Catholic Church in Mobile when he was in his 30s and also was a parishioner at Our Savior Catholic Church in Mobile.
Mills is the son of Billy Mills and the late Lejeune Mills.
After graduating from Davidson High School in 1995, Mills worked for a paper supply company for three years, attended Faulkner State and also worked at UPS for 16 years as a package car driver. He graduated from St. Joseph and attends St. Meinrad, where he’s scheduled to receive his Master of Divinity degree in 2020.
Mills will serve a summer assignment at St. Bede the Venerable Parish in Montgomery. He has previously served at St. Dominic Parish in Mobile, St. Agatha Parish in Bay Minette, St. Michael Parish in Auburn and Christ the King Parish in Daphne.
“(I’m) ready to get to work for the people of the archdiocese,” Mills said.
Mr. Connor R. Plessala
Connor Plessala, who will be ordained to the transitional diaconate at the age of 24, is the son of Drs. Kirby and Deneen Plessala.
He was raised in St. Ignatius Parish, graduated from McGill-Toolen in 2012 and attended seminary college immediately after high school. Plessala graduated from St. Joseph in 2016 and currently attends St. Meinrad, where’s he’s scheduled to receive his Master of Divinity degree in 2020.
Plessala has served summer assignments at Holy Spirit Parish in Montgomery, Holy Redeemer Parish in Eufaula and St. Pius X Parish in Union Springs and will serve at St. Michael Parish in Auburn this summer.
“This is a really big day and I am really excited,” Plessala said. “I am thankful for all of the support I have received in my last seven years of seminary formation. I am looking forward to being back with the people of the Archdiocese of Mobile!”
Mr. Peyton J. Plessala
Peyton Plessala will join his younger brother, Connor, and also be ordained to the transitional diaconate on June 1.
Peyton Plessala, 26, was raised in St. Ignatius Parish, graduated from McGill-Toolen in 2011 and attended Louisiana State University from 2011-14 before attending St. Joseph Seminary College, where he graduated in 2016. He presently studies at St. Meinrad and is scheduled to receive his Master of Divinity degree in 2020.
Plessala has served summer assignments at St. Bede the Venerable in Montgomery, Christ the King Parish in Andalusia and St. Elizabeth Parish in Greenville and will serve at St. Columba Parish in Dothan this summer.
“With regards to ordination as an event, I am nervous and busy with all the planning and logistics,” Plessala said. “With regards to ordination as a sacrament, I am overwhelmingly excited, at peace and ready. Even before my call to seminary, it is clear to me how God has been forming me for ministry as a deacon and ultimately as a priest, so needless to say, I am ready to get started!”
Please pray for these four men and for continuing vocations to the priesthood and religious life. May they be good and holy ministers for God and His Church.