Saturday, May 2, 2009

Deacon Ordination Day: Basilica of St. Mary - 2:00 p.m.

It's a twofer today. You get to see Archbishop John Nienstedt in action as he ordains seven of the best as transitional deacons of the archdiocese. Next year, God willing, these men will be ordained as priests in the Order of Melchizedek

On Saturday May 2, seven seminarians (all from the Archdiocese) will be ordained to the transitional diaconate. The ordination is scheduled to take place at the Basilica of St. Mary in Minneapolis at 2 pm. The celebrant will be Archbishop John C. Nienstedt.

So then tomorrow you can skip the crowded St. Paul Rosary procession where the Archbishop will be celebrating and attend the one starting the same time, 1:30 p.m. in Minneapolis at the Basilica.

Here is a list of the names of the deacon's to be ordained, their home parishes, and teaching parishes.

• Joseph Bambenek
Home parish: St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Hastings.
Teaching parish: All Saints, Lake ville.

• Patrick Barnes
Home parish: Holy Family, St. Louis Park.
Teaching parish: Cathedral of St. Paul.

• Alex Carlson
Home parish: St. Joseph, West St. Paul.
Teaching parish: St. Hubert, Chan has sen.

• Paul Kubista
Home parish: St. Agnes, St. Paul.
Teaching parish: Holy Family, St. Louis Park.

• Erik Lundgren
Home parish: Our Lady of Grace, Edina.
Teaching parish: St. Jude of the Lake, Mahtomedi.

• Nathaniel Meyers
Home parish: Cathedral of St. Paul.
Teaching parish: St. Peter, North St. Paul.

• Douglas Pierce
Home parish: St. Agnes, St. Paul.
Teaching parish: St. Bernard, St. Paul.


Terry Nelson said...

I know one of them!

Unknown said...

I shook with now Deacon Doug Pierce.

It was a nice ceremony, Basilica half full (1,000+), lots of priests, most seminarians, great music by the Basilica choir and the SPS schola, a wonderful cantor and the archbishop in fine singing voice as he celebrated the Mass and presided over the ceremonies.

I had never been present for an ordination before. Very moving and impressive ceremony. The Basilica looked fabulous. They know how to do it up right.

Unknown said...

Check Cathy of Alexandria's post on the ceremonies, including a critique of modern modifications to the Basilica's gorgeous architecture!