GREEN BAY, Wis. (June 18, 2019) – Bishop David L. Ricken of the Catholic Diocese of Green Bay will ordain Deacon William Evans and Deacon Matthew Faucett to the priesthood at a 10 a.m. Rite of Ordination on Saturday, June 22, at St. Francis Xavier Cathedral in Green Bay.
An ordination is always a beautiful occasion. In one sense, it is an end, while in another sense, a beginning. It is an end to their seminary formation and the preparation that comes with receiving the Sacrament of Holy Orders. It is also a beginning to the start of their life-long service to the Church. We rejoice with them because this is not simply a celebration for these men and their family and friends, but also for the entire Church of Green Bay.
Deacon William Evans was born in Missouri and raised in Kansas. He was baptized in the Episcopalian Church, and at a young age the Lord led him to the Catholic faith. It was through watching Midnight Mass from Rome one Christmas Eve that he felt drawn to the True Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist. He became Catholic in his teenage years, and early on felt a desire to be a priest. He pursued a medical degree and became a talented surgeon. Deacon Evans completed his seminary formation at St. Francis de Sales Seminary in St. Francis, Wis, as well as his theology studies at Sacred Heart Seminary and School of Theology in Hales Corners, Wis.
Reflecting upon his upcoming ordination, Deacon Evans said, “I most look forward to the privilege of celebrating the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.” Following his ordination to the priesthood, Deacon Evans will be appointed parochial vicar at St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Manitowoc.
Deacon Matthew Faucett spent the early part of his life in Illinois. His family then moved to Menominee, MI, and became members of Holy Family Parish across the Menominee River in Marinette, WI. He thought about priesthood early on in his life, but it was set aside after high school to pursue a career in the military following in the footsteps of his father. While at Marquette University, the call to the priesthood started to become clearer, and he left to join the seminary. Deacon Matthew attended Immaculate Heart of Mary Seminary at St. Mary’s University in Winona, Minn., before studying at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome.
Reflecting upon his upcoming ordination, Deacon Matthew said, “I’m looking forward to preaching and celebrating the sacraments, especially reconciliation, where I have experienced the love and mercy of God.” Following ordination, Deacon Faucett will be appointed parochial vicar at both St. Mary Parish and St. Francis Xavier Parish both in De Pere.
A priest’s primary ministry is to act in the person of Christ particularly in the area of shepherding the faithful and celebrating Mass and the sacraments. The educational and spiritual development of priest candidates is possible, in part, through the Seminarian Collection, an annual fundraising endeavor for the education and formation of local men who are in seminary.
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