Deacon Donald R. Watkins, Jr., a native of Lockport, will be ordained as a Roman Catholic priest by Bishop Richard J. Malone on Saturday. The ordination Mass is open to the public and will take place at St. Joseph Cathedral, 50 Franklin St., Buffalo, beginning at 9:30 a.m.

The newly-ordained Reverend Watkins will then offer his first Mass of thanksgiving at All Saints Parish, 76 Church St., Lockport, at 11 a.m. Sunday. A reception will follow in the church hall, where Watkins will greet people and offer his first blessing.

Watkins is the son of the late Donald and Theresa Watkins. He is a 2019 graduate of Christ The King Seminary in East Aurora, where he earned his Master of Divinity degree.

Watkins' first assignment will be to serve as parochial vicar at St. Joseph Cathedral in Buffalo.