Two men have been ordained as transitional deacons at Sacred
Heart School of Theology: Clint Landry of the Diocese of Fairbanks, Alaska, and Greg Schill, SCJ, of the Priests of Sacred Heart. The Most Rev. Donald Kettler, J.C.L., bishop of the Diocese of Fairbanks, presided at the ordination at the Sacred Heart Chapel.
Additionally, Sacred Heart seminarian Rito de Santiago Carreón, was ordained to the diaconate in Memphis , Tenn. , by his bishop, the Most Rev. J. Terry Steib, SVD, D.D.
The diaconate ordination is the last important step on the path to priesthood, following at least three years of formation that includes full-time classroom study, intensive pastoral experience in a setting such as a hospital or prison, and a personal spiritual journey guided by experience advisors.
Landry, 53, formerly worked in Catholic campus ministry. He holds B.A. degrees in history and education and an M.A. in theology from Notre Dame Seminary.
Schill, 35, is originally from San Antonio , Texas . He has a bachelor's degree in political science from Southern Illinois University - Edwardsville, and a Master of Divinity from Catholic Theological Union in Chicago . He is also a Marine Corps veteran.
Carreón, 46, is a native of Mexico and entered Sacred Heart's English-as-a-Second-Language Program before entering the seminary program in preparation for priesthood with the Diocese of Memphis. He holds a B.A. in philosophy and an M.A. in theology, and previously worked as a counselor.
Unlike permanent deacons, who typically assist priests with parish duties throughout their ministries, the three transitional deacons will continue their formation and studies throughout the coming year as they prepare for their priesthood ordinations, expected to take place in 2011. More photos from the day can be found on Sacred Heart's Facebook page.