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  • FILE – Deacons lie on the floor of the Sts. Peter and Paul Cathedral while the Litany of Saints is sung at a Mass in Indianapolis.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018 3:20 pm

Diocese to ordain 5 men – the largest number in 43 years

Five men will be ordained as Roman Catholic priests on June 2 in Fort Wayne – the largest number in 43 years in the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend, according to the Rev. Kevin C. Rhoades, diocesan bishop.

Four of those receiving holy orders, all deacons serving locally, are 2009 graduates of Bishop Dwenger High School. The ordination will take place during an 11 a.m. Mass in the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, 915 S. Clinton St.

To be ordained are:

  • Patrick Hake, St. Vincent de Paul parish who will celebrate his first Mass there at 11 a.m. June 3;
  • Jay Horning, a graduate of the University of Saint Francis and high school youth director at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, who will celebrate his first Mass there at 9:30 a.m. June 3;
  • David Huneck, who received a master's of divinity from Mount St. Mary's University in Emmitsburg, Maryland, and is a lifelong member of St. Vincent de Paul, where he will celebrate his first Mass at 5 p.m. June 2;
  • Nathan Maskal, whose home parish is St. Charles Borromeo, who will celebrate his first Mass there at 11 a.m. June 3 and
  • Thomas Zehr, who has been serving at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton parish and will celebrate his first Mass at 8:30 a.m. June 3 at Our Lady of Good Hope parish, his family's home parish.

The last time five simultaneous ordinations took place in the diocese was 1975; four men were ordained in 2015.

The ceremony will be broadcast on Redeemer Radio starting at 10:55 a.m. on 106.3 FM in the greater Fort Wayne area and live-streamed through the diocese's  Facebook page and YouTube channel. The event is free and open to the public. Doors will open at 9:30 a.m. 

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