Ordination ceremonies in this Diocese over the last number of years have not been what they once were, an almost yearly occasion. Just this past Tuesday, though, our local Church called to Orders and ordained to the Order of the Diaconate three young men from our midst who are studying for the priesthood. On a rainy evening at Blessed Sacrament Cathedral in Greensburg, Bishop Lawrence E. Brandt ordained as Deacons Eric J. Dinga, Anthony J. Klimko and James B. Morley in a beautiful ceremony of tradition and beauty. I have come to know these men, and they are great guys whose love of God's People and the Church will serve them well. Anthony Klimko is from my home parish of Saint Joseph in Uniontown, and God willing come Spring when he is ordained to the priesthood, will be the seventh man ordained from our small parish.
The Diocesan Choir under the direction of Tom Octave did an outstanding job with the music, allowing our hearts to soar. A great turnout of our priests, supplemented by visitors from the Pittsburgh and Erie Dioceses (many of these men attended college seminary at Saint Mark's in Erie), supported these men. Their family and friends, and countless others who joined them at the Cathedral, joined in praying for and giving acclamation to this step along their journey. Our Diocesan Church rejoices in this moment of grace and in the commitment of Eric, Anthony and James. Continue to pray for them.
As I was sitting down to write this post, I was so please to see a posting from Rocco Palmo in "Whispers from the Loggia". It has been a few weeks as he was taking a summer break, but I for one missed his blog. Welcome back, Rocco.