Seminarian in Rome ordained transitional deacon

By Amy Kotlarz/Catholic Courier    |    10.12.2012
Category: Local News


Seminarian David M. Tedesche, who attends the Pontifical North American College, the U.S. seminary in Rome, was ordained a transitional deacon Oct. 4 during a Mass at St. Peter’s Basilica.

Following additional theological studies and spiritual formation, he is scheduled to be ordained a priest in June 2013 along with transitional Deacons Peter Mottola and Michael Costik. Transitional Deacon Sergio Chávez is scheduled to be ordained in 2014.

"I feel like all the events of my life up until this point have been ordered towards my reception of holy orders," Deacon Tedesche said in an e-mail. "I feel like I am doing what God created me to do. I have a peace and joy in the depths of my heart."

Archbishop of Newark John J. Myers, a 1967 alumnus of the North American College, ordained Deacon Tedesche and 32 other seminarians Oct. 4. During the ordination, the new transitional deacons promised to live lives of prayer, celibacy and obedience to their diocesan bishops.

"I am also very grateful for all the support I have gotten from all our people back home who because of the distance were not able to attend the ordination but were with me in spirit and have made contact with me, letting me know of their prayers," Deacon Tedesche said.

Deacon Tedesche grew up in Ontario, Wayne County, where his parents live; he also has two older brothers and a younger sister. He is originally from St. Mary of the Lake Parish in Ontario, which is now part of St. Maximilian Kolbe Parish.

He attended St. Rita School in Webster and graduated from Wayne Central High School in 1995. He said when he was very young, about 9 or 10 years old, he thought he should become a priest, but he did not reconsider the priesthood again until he was in his late 20s.

Prior to that time, Deacon Tedesche earned a bachelor’s degree in English at SUNY Albany in 2000 and a master’s degree in philosophy in 2001. He taught high-school English in the Adirondacks before returning to Rochester in 2007 to start discernment with the diocese through Becket Hall. He entered the North American College in 2008. He also served a year as a seminarian in residence at St. Charles Borromeo Parish in Greece.

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