In Minneapolis, nine ordained deacons at May 2 Mass

Archbishop John Nienstedt of St. Paul and Minneapolis prays during a May 2 Mass at the Basilica of St. Mary in Minneapolis where nine men were ordained deacons. Kneeling, from left, are deacons Matthew Northenscold, Mark Pavlak, Adam Tokashiki, Vaughn Treco and Joseph Zabinski. Not pictured are deacons Neil Bakker, Michael Daly, Kyle Kowalczyk and Michael McClellan.

Archbishop John Nienstedt of St. Paul and Minneapolis prays during a May 2 Mass at the Basilica of St. Mary in Minneapolis where nine men were ordained deacons. Kneeling, from left, are deacons Matthew Northenscold, Mark Pavlak, Adam Tokashiki, Vaughn Treco and Joseph Zabinski. Not pictured are deacons Neil Bakker, Michael Daly, Kyle Kowalczyk and Michael McClellan.

Archbishop John Nienstedt ordained nine deacons during a May 2 Mass at the Basilica of St. Mary in Minneapolis. Seven were ordained for the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis: Deacons Neil Bakker, Michael Daly, Kyle Kowalczyk and Michael McClellan, Matthew Northenscold, Mark Pavlak and Joseph Zabinski.

In addition to the archdiocesan deacons, two others were ordained —one for a religious community and another for a personal ordinariate. Deacon Adam Tokashiki was ordained for the religious community Pro Ecclesia Sancta, which serves St. Mark in St. Paul. Like the archdiocesan deacons, Deacon Tokashiki will continue to study at the St. Paul Seminary School of Divinity before ordination to the priesthood next year.

Deacon Treco, a former Anglican priest, was ordained for the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter. The day following his diaconate ordinate, he was ordained a priest at Holy Family in St. Louis Park, where he will minister to a small community of former Anglicans who have joined the Catholic Church but who, as members of the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter, continue to worship with some aspects of the Anglican liturgy.

The archdiocesan deacons’ teaching parishes and home parishes are as follows:

  • Deacon Bakker – teaching parish: Holy Cross in Minneapolis; home parish: Cathedral of St. Paul in St. Paul
  • Deacon Daly – teaching parish: Divine Mercy in Faribault; home parish: Lumen Christi in St. Paul
  • Deacon Kowalczyk – teaching parish: Annunciation/Visitation in Minneapolis; home parish: St. Joseph in West St. Paul
  • Deacon McClellan – teaching parish: Nativity of Our Lord in St. Paul; home parish: Divine Mercy in Faribault
  • Deacon Northenscold – teaching parish: Immaculate Conception in Columbia Heights; home parish: St. Timothy in Maple Lake
  • Deacon Pavlak – teaching parish: All Saints in Lakeville; home parish:
    St. Agnes in St. Paul
  • Joseph Zabinski – teaching parish: St. John the Baptist in Jordan; home parish: St. Charles Borromeo in St. Anthony

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