June 3, 2021
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Ronald Sagum To Be Ordained a Priest June 19, Two New Deacons To Be Ordained June 5
LEXINGTON — Bishop John Stowe, OFM Conv. will ordain Deacon Ronald Sagum to the priesthood on Saturday, June 19, at the Cathedral of Christ the King in Lexington.
This Saturday, June 5, the bishop will ordain two new deacons. One, Lexington seminarian Ben Horn, will be ordained to the transitional diaconate, the step before being ordained a Catholic priest. The other, Lexington Catholic High School theology teacher Brendan O’Sullivan, is entering the permanent diaconate, an ordained ministry of service that is open to married men.
“Ordinations for ministry are always an occasion of great joy for the Church; we celebrate God’s call and the response of those being ordained,” said Bishop Stowe. “Our emphasis must be on ordination for service; we are blessed to have these talented men eager to serve God’s people.”
Sagum, 40, is a native of the Pampanga province of the Philippines and will be the third Filipino priest currently ministering in the Catholic Diocese of Lexington. After pursuing a vocation to religious life in the Philippines, he was invited by a seminarian friend in the United States, now-Father Aldrin Tayag, to come to the Catholic Diocese of Lexington. Following ordination, Father Sagum will serve as a pastoral associate at Holy Spirit Parish/UK Newman Center in Lexington.
Horn, 30, is a native of Louisville. He studied mechanical engineering at the University of Kentucky before pursuing philosophy and theology studies at the Pontifical North American College in Rome, Simon Brute Seminary and Marian University in Indianapolis and, since 2018, St. Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology in southern Indiana. He has previously worked in campus and youth ministry at Good Shepherd in Frankfort and Sts. Francis and John in Georgetown.
O’Sullivan, 36, is a Dallas native who first moved to Lexington in his teens. After coming into the Catholic Church in 2005, he served in youth ministry and spent a year in seminary. He’s taught at Lexington Catholic High School for almost nine years. His wife, Beth, is a teacher at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic School in Lexington. They have been married 10 years and have three children. Deacon O’Sullivan will also be assigned to Holy Spirit Parish/UK Newman Center.
Anyone interested in supporting seminarian education in the Catholic Diocese of Lexington by making a gift, can do so at cdlex.org/donate or by mail at 1310 W. Main St., Lexington, KY 40508. These donations transform the lives of seminarians who plan to minister in the diocese.
The Catholic Diocese of Lexington covers 50 counties in central and eastern Kentucky, with 59 parishes and missions serving some 46,000 Catholics.
Full Video ‘Fratelli Tutti: Walking Together in a Divided Nation’ Dialogue Between Cardinal Gregory, Bishop Stowe Now Available Online
WASHINGTON/LEXINGTON — The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the need for dialogue and understanding, which are essential for humankind, said the archbishop of Washington and the bishop of Lexington, Kentucky in a recent video discussion on issues facing the United States and the Church today. The February 5 event, sponsored by the Roundtable Association of Catholic Diocesan Social Action Directors, is now posted online in its entirety.
The “Fratelli Tutti: Walking Together in a Divided Nation” webinar brought Cardinal Wilton Gregory of Washington into dialogue with Bishop John Stowe, OFM Conv., of Lexington, on the pandemic, politics, poverty and how the teaching of Pope Francis —particularly in his encyclical Fratelli Tutti —shows a path forward.
“When we enter into dialogue with someone, we are opening ourselves to a relationship… we open ourselves up to the possibility of a mutually beneficial exchange,” said Cardinal Gregory. Bishop Stowe said he has been struck by recognizing that “we don’t have many opportunities where we’re taught how to dialogue. We want to convince somebody of our opinion, we’re thinking ahead to how we’re going to convince them.”
The full video can be viewed online: https://youtu.be/YfbsmAxURrY
For more information on the Roundtable Association of Catholic Diocesan Social Action Directors, visit: https://catholicroundtable.org
The Archdiocese of Washington is home to over 655,000 Catholics, 139 parishes and 91 Catholic schools, located in Washington, D.C., and five Maryland counties: Calvert, Charles, Montgomery, Prince George’s and St. Mary’s.
The Catholic Diocese of Lexington covers 50 counties in Central and Eastern Kentucky, with 59 parishes and missions serving some 46,000 Catholics.