Deacon Steven Wood ‘13 and Deacon David Frank ’12 will be ordained to the priesthood on June 1, 2019.  Deacon Wood will be ordained for the Diocese of Sacramento, California, while Deacon Frank will be ordained as a priest for the Archdiocese of Louisiana.

Deacon Wood (left) and Deacon Frank (right).

Deacon Wood discerned his vocation to the priesthood while at Christendom, spending hours in front of the Blessed Sacrament in Christ the King Chapel. With the support of friends, professors, and family, he applied to Mount Angel Seminary and began his preparation for the priesthood shortly after college.

“Christendom prepared me academically for seminary, and the professors shared with me a love for truth that stayed with me through seminary,” says Deacon Wood. “The spiritual life and the examples of our college chaplains also inspired me–especially the late Fr. Seamus O’Kielty.  And above all, the strong community of students and focus on living out our Catholic-Christian faith in day-to-day life was an integral part of my Catholic formation at Christendom, making it easier to discern Christ’s call.”

Deacon Wood will be ordained by the Most Rev. Jaime Soto, Bishop of Sacramento, at the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament on Saturday, June 1, at 10:00 in the morning.

Meanwhile in New Orleans on the same day, Deacon David Frank will be ordained at St. Louis Cathedral by Archbishop Gregory Aymond at 10:00 a.m.

Deacon Frank came to Christendom with thoughts of the priesthood, with that discernment process further nurtured in the classroom and the vibrantly Catholic atmosphere of campus. He applied to seminary shortly after earning his degree in philosophy and spent his years studying, growing in faith, and teaching students — another great passion of his.

These two ordinations follow the ordinations of two other alumni last weekend: Fr. John Killackey FSSP, and Fr. John Mark Solitario, OP. Deacon Nicholas Blank will be ordained a priest for the Diocese of Arlington on June 8, which will raise the total number of alumni priests to 91.

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