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Transitional deacon ordinations set for two seminarians

With vows to live in celibacy, obedience and prayer for the church, two men will be ordained to the transitional diaconate May 27.

Archbishop George J. Lucas will preside at the 7 p.m. ordination Mass at St. Cecilia Cathedral for Nicholas Mishek and Scott Schilmoeller.

"It’s a wonderful and a really significant day" for the church and for the men turning their lives over to Christ, said Father Andrew Roza, director of the Vocations Office.

Both are generous, approachable and ready to break open the Gospel for the faithful in their preaching and other ministry, Father Roza said. "We couldn’t be prouder," he said.

As deacons, Mishek and Schilmoeller will spend the coming year preparing for ordination to the priesthood by gaining experience in parishes this summer and returning to seminary this fall, Father Roza said.



Background: Home parish, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Omaha. Parents, Peter and Renilda Mishek, Omaha; sister and brother-in-law Chrysanthi and Shawn Stockwell, St. Paul, Minn.; brothers, Charles Mishek, Emmetsburg, Iowa, Henry Mishek, Omaha.

Education: Creighton Preparatory School, Omaha; University of Nebraska Omaha, University of St. Thomas and St. John Vianney College Seminary, St. Paul, Minn.; Kenrick-Glennon Seminary, St. Louis.

Activities/Ministries: Youth ministry in Omaha, St. Paul and St. Louis. Taught parish religious education in St. Paul and St. Louis, taught in a special needs school, delivered Communion to the homebound; student leader in Fellowship of Catholic University Students, including Bible study; delivered vocation talks throughout the diocese, hospital chaplaincy as part of participation in Institute for Priestly Formation in Omaha.

Summer Assignments: Totus Tuus; Institute for Priestly Formation; Spanish studies, Guatemala; St. Mary Parish, West Point; this summer, deacon at Sacred Heart Parish, Norfolk.

Reflections on ordination: "Looking back on the man who entered seminary to who I am today fills me with joy and gratitude for the love of God. He has shown his infinite mercy towards me and allowed me to see my goodness. Recently, I went to St. Cecilia’s to pray. Looking at the marble floor where I will lay down my life filled me with excitement, gratitude and humility. God can take the ordinary and make it extraordinary."



Background: Home parish, St. Gerald, Ralston. Parents, Michael and Diane Schilmoeller, LaVista; brother and sister-in-law Chris and Mirna Schilmoeller, Orlando, Fla.; sisters Paige and Dana, both Omaha.

Education: Daniel J. Gross Catholic High School, Bellevue; University of Nebraska Omaha, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, University of St. Thomas and St. John Vianney Seminary, St. Paul, Minn.; Kenrick-Glennon Seminary, St. Louis.

Activities/ministries: Youth ministry, including Totus Tuus and Lifeteen; teaching middle school and high school; hospital, prison and Hispanic ministries; pastoral services.

Summer assignments: Totus Tuus; Divine Mercy Parish, Schuyler; Sacred Heart Parish, Norfolk; this summer, deacon at St. Patrick Parish, Fremont.

Reflections on ordination: "Being a seminarian for the past six years, one would think that I have it all put together. This is clearly false! What I mean by this is that I am not perfect. However, Jesus is at his best when he is taking the imperfect and showing forth his great works through the ordinariness of their lives. I was never the best in school, I was mediocre at sports, I have a sense of humor, I can be spacey at times, I enjoy an occasional bourbon and cigar, I love the Catholic Church, I love adventure, and I love Jesus. Jesus has called me to be ordained a deacon in his church with all of my gifts, talents and flaws. Far from taking away who I am, he has brought the good in me to life and set my heart on fire for love of him and his people. Please pray for me as I approach ordination to the diaconate."

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