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Two men to be ordained to transitional diaconate

By JACLYN TWIDWELL
The Catholic Voice

Two men preparing for the priesthood will take another step in that journey May 26, when they are ordained to the transitional diaconate.

Archbishop Elden Francis Curtiss will ordain Marc Lim and Samuel Bandiera at 7 p.m. at St. Cecilia Cathedral in Omaha.

The public is invited to attend the ordination and is welcome at a reception following in the Cathedral Cultural Center.

A third seminarian who is studying in Rome, Andy Roza, will be ordained a transitional deacon Oct. 5 at St. Peter's Bascilia.

Father Ralph O'Donnell, vocations director for the archdiocese, said he was grateful to the men "“ all entering their final year as seminarians "“ for being open to God's calling and believes each brings something unique.

'Marc comes with a wealth of cultural experience coming from Singapore," he said. 'Sam brings knowledge, love for the community and he's got a great love of family."

Biographical sketches of the two being ordained in Omaha May 26:

SAMUEL S. BANDIERA

Background: Born Oct. 20, 1970, in Key West, Fla.; parents, Mary Eggermont and the late Samuel J. Bandiera; one sister; four brothers.

Education: Institute for Priestly Formation at Creighton University in Omaha; South Dakota State University in Brookings, S.D.; Mount Angel Seminary in Saint Benedict, Ore.

Activities and ministries: Hospice, soup kitchens, pastoral duties, service trips to assist the poor, Legion of Mary, youth ministry; Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults team member; hospital chaplain training, sacramental preparation of youth at a correctional facility, acolyte trainer, secretary and theology academic chair of the Mount Angel Seminary Pastoral Council.

Summer assignments: Clinical Pastoral Education at San Juan Regional Medical Center in Farmington, N.M; Mary Our Queen Parish, Omaha.

Reflections on ordination: 'In serving the church as a deacon, I look forward in humility and gratitude to assisting the priest at Mass and in other liturgies including proclaiming the gospel, preaching, distributing holy Communion and celebrating the sacrament of baptism. I especially hope, with the love of Christ, to be able to aid in the sanctification of the faithful and to minister to those who are either on the fringes of the church or who have left the church."

MARC LIM

Background: Parents, Jock Lim and Pamela Carroll; one brother.

Education: Pontifical College Josephinum in Columbus, Ohio; Conception Seminary, Conception, Mo.

Activities and ministries: volunteer at the Catholic Audio Visual Center as a video editor, media awareness in the church of Singapore, member of the local church choir.

Summer assignments: Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, Omaha; St. Patrick Parish, Fremont.

Reflections on ordination: 'I am looking forward to learning and growing from the people I come to work with this summer."

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