Catholic Accent The Thursday, July 31, 2014 Volume 54, No. 5 On the Journey of a Lifetime with the people of the Diocese of Greensburg, Pa. Seminarians prepare for upcoming diaconate ordination Bishop Brandt to ordain three men at Aug. 12 Mass at Blessed Sacrament Cathedral By Elizabeth Fazzini MANAGING EDITOR GREENSBURG — Joy and a desire to serve the church are among the sentiments being expressed by three diocesan seminarians who are pre-paring for their upcoming diaconate ordinations. Bishop Lawrence E. Brandt will or-dain Eric J. Dinga, Anthony J. Klimko and James B. Morley to the diaconate in Blessed Sacrament Cathedral, Greensburg, Aug. 12 at 7 p.m. During the ordination, the candi-dates will solemnly commit them-selves to serving the people of God with humble charity, faithfully proclaiming the Gospel, living a life of prayer, conforming their lives to Christ, and celibacy and obedience to the diocesan bishop. “These men have responded gener-ously and with great love to God’s call to ordained ministry,” Bishop Brandt said. “This response is an extension of Christ’s own hands and heart working in and through the Church. And it is a sign of hope for the diocese, allowing us to look positively into the future. “I am grateful to all the faithful people in the diocese who diligently pray that God will send laborers into the vineyard,” the bishop said. “We always want priests in our parishes.” Since Bishop Brandt was ordained and installed as the bishop of Greens-burg on March 4, 2014, he has ordained five men to the diocesan priesthood. Father Jonathan J. Wisneski, direc-tor of clergy vocations, said the cer-emony creates a special bond between the person ordained and the Church. “It is during ordination to the dia-conate that a person enters the cleri-cal state and is incardinated into the diocese,” he said. (Incardination is a canon law term for the attachment of a deacon or priest to his diocese.) During the ordination Mass, Bishop Brandt will present the newly or-dained with the Book of the Gospels and instruct them to proclaim the Gospel by word and by their lives,” Father Wisneski said. After their ordination as deacons, the men can preside at weddings and funerals outside of Mass, preach the homily at liturgical ceremonies, and offer blessings, including benediction. They are not able to celebrate Mass, consecrate the body and blood of Christ, hear confessions or anoint the sick until they are ordained to the priesthood. Dinga, Klimko and Morley will be ordained to the priesthood on June 20, Mary Seamans/The Catholic Accent From left: Anthony J. Klimko, Eric J. Dinga and James B. Morley, pictured in front of Blessed Sacrament Cathedral, Greensburg, July 13, will be ordained to the diaconate next month. 2015, in Blessed Sacrament Cathedral. A seminarian’s journey toward priest-ly ordination involves discernment of his vocation and formation in four primary areas of their lives: human, spiritual, intellectual and pastoral. As part of their formation, Dinga and Morley have studied at St. Mark Seminary and Gannon University, Erie, and St. Mary’s Seminary and University, Baltimore. Klimko has studied at St. Mark Seminary and Gannon University and the Pontifical North American College and Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome. They also engaged in pastoral formation in their summer appointments at parishes in the diocese and through programs in their respective seminaries. Continued on page 5 First responders to be honored at September prayer service By Jerry Zufelt EDITOR GREENSBURG — The Diocese of Greensburg will honor the men and women who protect and serve the people of the diocese at the second First Responders Prayer Service Sept. 14 at 3 p.m. in Blessed Sacrament Cathedral. Bishop Lawrence E. Brandt will serve as presider and homilist. All current and retired police of-ficers, firefighters, emergency medi-cal technicians and emergency room Mary Seamans/The Catholic Accent workers from Armstrong, Fayette, Indiana and Westmoreland counties are encouraged to attend, along with their family, friends and supporters. Bishop Brandt sent a letter of invi-tation July 23 to more than 360 first responder units in the diocese. “Your attendance at this prayer service allows us to honor you and all the people who have made the com-mitment to work for the betterment of our communities in our times of need,” Bishop Brandt said in his letter. The bishop wrote that he chose the date nearest September 11 for this year’s service in order to remember the first responders who gave their lives trying to save others during the terrorist attacks and “to remember and honor all who have placed their lives on the line to help others in their time of need.” All men and women who died in the line of duty this past year will be remembered by name at the Mass. Attendees are encouraged to wear their uniforms to the prayer service. First responders should register by visiting the diocesan website at www. dioceseofgreensburg.org and linking into the rotating “First Responders Service” panel. Contact Nancy Balfe at nbalfe@ dioceseofgreensburg.org or 724-834-4010 for additional information. FOR UPDATES ON LOCAL, STATE, NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL NEWS, VISIT: WWW.DIOCESEOFGREENSBURG.ORG ADDRESS LABEL INSIDE THIS ISSUE Pages 8-9 It’s festival time at parishes around the diocese. Page 4 Project knits together South Greensburg community, raises awareness of mental health issues. Page 6 Pilgrimage focuses on Marian influences throughout the diocese.