Joseph Robert Gates, the oldest son of eight children to James and Kimberly Gates, of Marco Island, was ordained a Transitional Deacon to the Roman Catholic Church on Saturday April 21, 2012. Joseph is a seminarian for the Diocese of Venice, Florida and studying to be a Roman Catholic Priest at St. Vincent de Paul Regional Seminary in Boynton Beach, Florida. Joseph took the vows of Celibacy, Obedience and to Pray the Liturgy of Hours. The Gates’ family are members of San Marco Catholic Church, where Joseph’s siblings, John and James, also serve at mass.
Joseph will be stationed at a parish this summer and will finish one more year of Theological studies before being ordained as a priest next year.