Front row, from left to right: Deacon “Jesse” & Sylvia Cantu, Diocese of Lubbock (Texas), Deacon Armando & Diana Escamilla, Diocese of Yakima (Washington State), Deacon Tony & Marsha Mouzon, Diocese of Davenport (Iowa)

Back row, from left to right: Brother Cyril Drnjevic, OSB, Mount Angel Abbey, Saint Benedict, Oregon, Monsignor Robert M. Siler, Chancellor and Moderator of the Curia, Diocese of Yakima (Washington State)

Missing from photo: Father Tom Griffith, SVD (Society of the Divine Word), Miramar Retreat Center, Duxbury, Massachusetts

Presenter Biographies

Brother Cyril Drnjevic, OSB

Brother Cyril became a Benedictine monk at Mount Angel Abbey, near Salem, Oregon, in 1985.  In 1982, a year after graduation from college, he discovered his vocation through a mystical experience. It came during Peace Corps service, which developed into missionary work in Liberia, West Africa.

As a monk he has earned 3 Master’s degrees (Theology, History, Divinity).  His principal work (which he began in 1989) is to give retreats – either alone or on a team – and a wide variety of spiritual talks.

He presents retreats in English or in Spanish.

The retreats he presents alone come from his spiritual reading (lectio divina) topic for the year.  His 2015 retreat theme is:

“The Holy Family and Our holy family: Lessons from Rome for our home.”

The retreats he presents on a team are with Earthen Vessels Retreats©.

These have a Paschal Mystery focus and are given across the U.S. and Canada to communities of permanent deacons or to parish communities.

To get more information about Brother Cyril as an individual retreat presenter, click here.

Brother Cyril Drnjevic, OSB
Mount Angel Abbey
1 Abbey Drive
Saint Benedict, Oregon  97373  U.S.A.

503-845-3851, office / land line
503-385-6926, cell
cyril.drnjevic@mountangelabbey.org

Deacon Jesse and Sylvia Cantu

Deacon Jesse and his wife Sylvia Cantu were married at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Lubbock, TX in November, 1982.  They have one grown son, Anthony.

Together, Jesse and Sylvia have spent over 20 years in church ministry.  On September 8, 2012, Jesse was ordained to the Permanent Deaconate for the Diocese of Lubbock.

Deacon Jesse and Sylvia have worked in Religious Education, Elementary-High School, including Confirmation Classes.  Also, they have worked with Youth Ministry, Prayer Meetings, Faith Sharing, Bible Studies, Marriage Preparation and Marriage Enrichment Classes.  Deacon Jesse has assisted with the Sacraments in the Diocese of Lubbock. TX. 

Jesse and Sylvia attended a World-Wide Marriage Encounter in 2000 – this was a turning point in their marriage.  

They are members of the Earthen Vessels Retreats© Team since 2014. They are working on their Paschal Mystery talks and look forward to presenting retreats to the Diaconate Communities across the country.  They enjoy sharing the Joy of the Gospel by working in the Vineyard of the Lord, together, since the Lord has shown His Abundant Grace in their Marriage and has allowed them to embrace a deeper desire to serve Him.

If you would like more information, the Cantus would welcome you to contact them:

Deacon Jesse and Sylvia
706 Ursuline
Lubbock TX 79403
806.773.9441
cantujesse@att.net

Deacon Armando & Diana Escamilla

Deacon Armando Escamilla and his wife Diana were married in 1980 in Grand Forks North Dakota. They have three grown Children: eldest son Armando Jr. and his wife Reina; youngest son Abraham and his wife Danielle, and lastly their only daughter Amanda and her husband Ryan Saenz. Deacon Armando and Diana enjoy the gift of having five grandchildren, three grandsons, Shay Daniel Saenz, Canaan Isiaha Escamilla, Azariah Jayden Escamilla & two granddaughters Meadow Alicia Saenz and Kyleigh Michelle Escamilla.

Together Armando & Diana have spent over thirty years in church ministry.  In September 2010 Armando was ordained to the Permanent Deaconate for the Diocese of Yakima in Washington State. Deacon Armando & Diana have presented Cursillos in Christianity weekends in the Pacific Northwest from 1996 to the present, both in the Spanish and English components.  They have served on a variety of pastorial committees in the Grant County area, of Washington State.  Since 2012 they have been active in Earthen Vessels Retreats©, an enrichment program that focuses on living our Paschal Journey.  Most recently they presented this program for deacons and their wives in The Archdiocese of Seattle, WA., The Archdiocese of Portland, OR., The Diocese of Belleville, IL,  and The Diocese of Lubbock, TX. Also, Deacon Armando has assisted sacramentally for lengthy periods in parishes in Moses Lake, WA. and Ephrata, WA.

For more information, the Escamillas welcome you to contact them:

Deacon Armando and Diana Escamilla
2022 South Division Street
Moses Lake, WA 98837
509-750-3934
armandescamilla@yahoo.com

Deacon Tony & Marsha Mouzon

Deacon Tony Mouzon and his wife Marsha were married in 1973 in Charleston, South Carolina. They have one grown son Jerrod Mouzon who is single and grandson Austin Mouzon.

Together Tony & Marsha have spent over forty years in church ministry.  In June 2011 Tony was ordained to the Permanent Deaconate for the Diocese of St Augustine in the state of Florida.  Deacon Tony & Marsha have done Youth Ministry, Engaged Couples Ministry, Religious Education and RCIA. They moved to Muscatine, Iowa in December 2011.  Since 2013 they have been active in Earthen Vessels Retreats©, an enrichment program that focuses on living our Paschal Journey.  Most recently they presented this program for deacons and their wives in The Diocese of Memphis, TN. Also, they presented this program to a fourth year Deaconate formation class and their wives in the Diocese of Austin, TX. Deacon Tony has assisted with sacraments for lengthy periods in parishes in St. Augustine, FL and Muscatine, IA. 

For more information, the Mouzons welcome you to contact them. 

Deacon Tony and Marsha
2309 University Dr #9
Muscatine, IA 52761
904-501-2949
TonyMouzon@aol.com

We are excited to share that a Deacon Wives Vocation Retreat is being prepared.  There are many ways that a Deacon’s wife supports and enriches her husband’s vocation to the Permanent Deaconate. Contact us if you might be interested.

Fr. Robert Siler

Msgr. Robert Siler, Chancellor of the Diocese of Yakima in Washington, was ordained in 2001.  After a year as a parochial vicar at Christ the King Parish in Richland, WA and five years as pastor of St. Andrew Parish in Ellensburg, WA, he began his current assignment.  Fr. Robert has helped present Engaged Encounter retreats since 2002, Cursillo retreats since 2005, and Retrouvaille retreats, for couples in hurting marriages, since 2011. He was named a Chaplain to His Holiness in September, 2011.  Fr. Robert has recently become active in Earthen Vessels Retreats©, an enrichment program that focuses on living the Paschal Journey. He is in residence at St. Paul Cathedral in Yakima, with weekend sacramental duties in various parishes or retreat settings.

Father Tom Griffith, SVD

Father Tom, a Divine Word Missionary stationed at Miramar Retreat Center, Duxbury, MA was ordained in 1969.  He has spent over 30 years in financial ministry, and other areas of administration, for the province of his SVD religious order.  Father Tom presented Engaged Encounter weekends in Chicago from 1986 to 1996.  He served on the outline committee to develop the new Marriage Preparation program for the Boston Archdiocese.  He has been active in Worldwide Marriage Encounter (WWME) since 1986, serving in numerous leadership capacities since 1989. He has been active in WWME in Massachusetts, New Hampshire & Rhode Island since 2003.    Fr. Tom is a past U.S. Leadership priest for WWME.  He has been active in Earthen Vessels Retreats©, an enrichment program that focuses on the Paschal Journey since 2003.  Most recently he presented the program for, deacons and their wives in the Diocese of Belleville, IL.   Father Tom has also assisted sacramentally for lengthy periods in parishes in Woodbridge, VA, Old Bridge, NJ, Northbrook, IL and Halifax, MA.

For more information, Father Tom welcomes you to contact him:

Fr. Tom Griffith, SVD
Miramar Retreat Center
PO Box M
Duxbury, MA 02331
781-585-2460 ext. 316
tomgsvd@yahoo.com