April 24, 2015

Seven men ordained transitional deacons for service in archdiocese

Archbishop Joseph W. Tobin, center, poses on April 11 outside of the Archabbey Church of Our Lady of Einsiedeln in St. Meinrad with transitional deacons Nicolás Ajpacajá Tzoc, Meril Sayaham, Kyle Rodden, Matthew Tucci, Anthony Hollowell, Douglas Hunter and James Brockmeier, all of whom will serve the Church in central and southern Indiana. Archbishop Tobin ordained the men during a Mass celebrated that day at the church. (Photos courtesy of Saint Meinrad Archabbey)

Archbishop Joseph W. Tobin, center, poses on April 11 outside of the Archabbey Church of Our Lady of Einsiedeln in St. Meinrad with transitional deacons Nicolás Ajpacajá Tzoc, Meril Sayaham, Kyle Rodden, Matthew Tucci, Anthony Hollowell, Douglas Hunter and James Brockmeier, all of whom will serve the Church in central and southern Indiana. Archbishop Tobin ordained the men during a Mass celebrated that day at the church. (Photos courtesy of Saint Meinrad Archabbey)

Criterion staff report

On April 11, Archbishop Joseph W. Tobin ordained seven men as transitional deacons for service to the Church in central and southern Indiana. The ordination liturgy was celebrated at the Archabbey Church of Our Lady of Einsiedeln in St. Meinrad.

Those ordained are deacons Nicolás Ajpacajá Tzoc, James Brockmeier, Anthony Hollowell, Douglas Hunter, Kyle Rodden and Matthew Tucci for the Archdiocese of Indianapolis, and Meril Sahayam for the Diocese of Palayamkottai, India.

Deacons Hollowell and Tucci are receiving their priestly formation at the Pontifical North American College in Rome. The other deacons are enrolled at Saint Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology in St. Meinrad.

The Diocese of Palayamkottai has a special relationship with the archdiocese and Saint Meinrad, where some of their seminarians receive their priestly formation.

Several of their priests serve the archdiocese for a few years before returning to their home diocese in India.

Deacon Sahayam will be ordained a priest in his home diocese in 2016. All six deacons of the Archdiocese of Indianapolis will be ordained to the priesthood on June 25, 2016, at SS. Peter and Paul Cathedral in Indianapolis.
 

(For more information about vocations to the priesthood in the Archdiocese of Indianapolis, visit www.HearGodsCall.com.)

 

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