Word was officially received from Father Jonathan Wisneski, the Director of the Office for Clergy Vocations that Bishop Lawrence Brandt has called to the Order of the Presbyterate Deacon Tyler Bandura, Deacon Matthew Morelli and Deacon Daniel Ulishney. Their ordination date was set for Saturday, June 1, 2013 at 10:00 am at Blessed Sacrament Cathedral in Greensburg. Tyler is finishing his studies at Saint Mary Seminary in Baltimore and Matt and Dan are finishing their work at the Theological College in Washington, DC, after four years in Rome. All three are fine young men who I am sure will be a great asset to the Diocese of Greensburg. I saw all three at the Chrism Mass last Thursday and enjoyed their enthusiasm regarding their ordinations and Masses of Thanksgiving.
This is a great and welcome moment for our local Church which has not seen a priestly ordination since before Bishop Brandt arrived nine years ago. We have a number of fine men "in the pipeline" for future years. We are a greying clergy. In fact, at the Chrism Mass I sat next to one of our venerable retired priests who commented that I was one of the few with dark hair (although the beard is very grey). We look forward to a shot of youthful vitality into our priestly service.
I ask you to pray for priests, for your priests, for Tyler, Matthew and Daniel, and for continued openness to priestly vocations in the lives of those called to service.