August 19, 2010
Notre Dame, Ind. – Mr. Paul M. Ybarra, C.S.C. will make his final profession of vows in the Congregation of Holy Cross at a celebration of the Eucharist on Saturday, August 28, 2010 at 2:00 p.m.(EDT) in the Basilica of the Sacred Heart on the campus of the University of Notre Dame. The following day, Sunday, August 29, 2010, the Most Rev. John M. D’Arcy, D.D., Bishop of the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend will ordain him to the Order of Deacon at 10:30 a.m.(EDT) in the Moreau Seminary Chapel at Notre Dame.
Born in Los Angeles, California, Ybarra attended West Covina High School and went on to earn a B.A. degree from the University of Notre Dame in Film, Theatre, and Television in 2004. Following graduation Ybarra joined the Alliance for Catholic Education and taught middle school English and social studies at St. John Vianney Catholic School in Goodyear, Arizona. He received a M.Ed. degree from the University of Notre Dame in 2004 and in August of that year entered the Candidate Program at Moreau. Following his Novitiate year in Cascade, Colorado Ybarra professed temporary vows in the Congregation of Holy Cross in July of 2006. He then returned to Moreau Seminary where he completed a Master of Divinity degree from the University of Notre Dame in May 2010.
During his seminary years, Ybarra worked with the St. Vincent De Paul Society of St. Joseph County, served as a chaplain at Penrose Hospital in Colorado Springs, and worked at Holy Redeemer Parish and School in Portland. In addition he participated in the Marriage Prep Program at St. Pius X Parish in Granger, Indiana, served as a Pastoral Associate at St. John Vianney Parish in Arizona, and completed an internship with the Center for Social Concerns at the University of Notre Dame.
Ybarra has been assigned to St. Ignatius Martyr Parish in Austin, Texas where he will serve as deacon until his ordination to the priesthood in April 2011.
The Congregation of Holy Cross was founded in 1837 in LeMans, France by a small group of men, led by Blessed Basil Anthony Moreau, C.S.C. Today, 1,670 Holy Cross priests, brothers and seminarians serve in hundreds of Holy Cross colleges, universities, parishes, high schools and social service organizations on five continents. The men of Holy Cross are educators in the faith, forming character by educating both the mind and the heart in primary, secondary and higher education, in parishes, and in missions. For more information, visit holycrossvocations.org.