The Diocese of Greensburg is giving thanks in a great way for the three men who were ordained to the transitional Diaconate last evening at Blessed Sacrament Cathedral. These men will continue their studies and preparation for ordination to the priesthood set for June 1st of 2013. While we have had a concerted effort to promote vocations in this diocese, these are the first ordinations in many years in our Cathedral for the diocese, except for the first two Permanent Deacons ordained by Bishop Lawrence Brandt, our Diocesan Bishop.
The men ordained include Tyler Bandura of Ford City, Matthew Morelli of New Alexandria and Daniel Ulishney of Greensburg. Tyler is studying at Saint Mary Seminary in Baltimore, and Matt and Daniel are presently finishing degrees in Canon Law at the Catholic University of America after attending North American College in Rome. They are good men, excited about ministry as deacons and looking forward to priesthood. We are blest by their commitment and service, and look forward to welcoming them as brothers in the priesthood.
I was under the weather yesterday and unable to attend the ordination, but I got a first hand account from a parishioner who attended, saw a picture in the local paper and read the news article on the Diocesan Web Page.
This "dry period" on the ordination front has been difficult on us, and I hope that the tide has turned. We continue to pray for and encourage vocations daily, asking the Lord for Shepherds for the harvest. Congratulations to Tyler, Matt and Daniel. Pray for them.