May 19, 2019

Williston parishoner ordained in priesthood

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Observer photos by Marianne Spear Apfelbaum

Two men, one of them from Williston, were ordained to the preisthood at a special Burlington Mass, held last Friday at the Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph in Burlington.

Bishop Christopher J. Coyne, bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Burlington, ordained the two men into priesthood as part of the diocesan commemoration of the Year of Mercy and its Jubilee for Priests and Seminarians.

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Observer photos by Marianne Spear Apfelbaum

During the Mass, which lasted more than two hours, the bishop ordained Rev. Matthew Rensch, whose home parish is Immaculate Heart of Mary on Williston Road, as well as Rev. Curtis Miller, who attends Our Lady of Grace Church in Colchester. He also ordained Deacon Joseph Sanderson. The church was filled with family members, friends, members of the clergy and other supporters of the three men.

“These three men — Joseph as a transitional deacon and Curtis and Matthew as priests — have been chosen by God through his holy church to go forth, appointed and anointed through the sacraments of holy orders to spread the good news that Jesus Christ is lord of all and the bearer of salvation to [the] entirety of creation,” Bishop Coyne said in his homily.

“You are called forth from the community to serve that same community and the wider church as servants of the church. What an honor and what a responsibility.”

Observer photos by Marianne Spear Apfelbaum

Observer photos by Marianne Spear Apfelbaum

Rensch has been appointed temporary parochial vicar of St. Monica Parish in Barre. Miller’s first priestly assignment will be as parochial vicar of Corpus Christi Parish in St. Johnsbury, Lyndonville and Danville, and Sanderson will be assigned to parish work in Swanton and Highgate Center.

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