Niagara Catholic is extremely proud to announce that three alumni will be ordained as Transitional Deacons in the Catholic Church. A Transitional Deacon is a Seminarian in his final year of preparation for ordination to the Priesthood. The Ordination to the Sacred Order of Deacon will take place on Friday, June 12, at Our Lady of the Scapular Church in Niagara Falls at 7 p.m. and is open to the public.
Please congratulate these three Seminarians on their journey toward the Priesthood:
Ronald Angervil, a 25 year-old Seminarian currently studying at St. Augustine’s Seminary in Toronto, is a graduate of Notre Dame College School in Welland. After graduation, he entered St. Philip Seminary in Toronto, where he spent three years studying Philosophy and received a Bachelor in Thomistic Thought. After his Philosophical completion, he entered St. Augustine’s in order to obtain a Master of Divinity.
Ronald has been involved in many Ministries in the Diocese. He has spent summers working at St. Thomas More Parish, and has spent time in elementary and secondary schools in the Diocese, as well as in Toronto, speaking to students. He has been involved in many youth programs on the Diocesan level, and has attended World Youth Days, in Spain and Brazil.
He has taught RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults) and has had the opportunity to lead many different programs for the parishioners of different parishes.
God-willing, Ronald looks forward to being ordained to the Priesthood next spring. He is very excited about what God has in store for him as a priest serving the faithful of the Diocese of St. Catharines.
Stephen Innamorati was born and raised in St. Catharines. The eldest of three children, he received the sacraments at St. Alfred’s Parish in St. Catharines. He attended Holy Cross Catholic Secondary School. Unsure of what he wanted to do after graduation in 2004, he returned to school for another semester. It was during this time that he began to hear the call to the Priesthood.
He was encouraged to try it for a year, and studied at the Seminary of Christ the King at Westminster Abbey in Mission, British Columbia, which is overseen by the Benedictine Order. He described the following four years as transformative and life-changing.
He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in 2009, and entered theology at St. Augustine’s Seminary in 2011. His Excellency, Bishop Bergie accepted Stephen as a candidate for diaconate.
“It has been an amazing journey thus far and I am grateful to God for the many blessings and people he has given to me in my life,” he said. “I hope with our Lord’s help and guidance to be present and journey with those I will be called to serve and minister as a deacon and, God willing, as a priest.”
Gregory Schmidt was born and raised Catholic, attended Catholic schools, and regularly attended Mass, but a vocation to the priesthood was never on his mind.
A graduate of school and Lakeshore Catholic High School, he obtained a degree in Finance from Brock University and worked in the banking and retail sectors. It was only when a person tapped him on the shoulder at a funeral and asked if he’d ever consider entering the priesthood that the possibility of a life in religious service entered his mind. His initial thought was “no,” but then he decided to leave that decision in God’s hands. Years passed and he again heard God’s call, this time while attending Mass at a shrine.
He saw many young men answering God’s call and he was impressed with, and moved by, their devotion. After this, he began to more closely examine a life in the priesthood. “It was only once I filtered out the noise of the world and turned to God and asked what He wanted me to do with my life, that a call to the Priesthood became clear,” he said.
Greg entered the Seminary in 2009, a challenging, spiritually rewarding and blessed experience, and he is now confident with his call to service. “I am confident in the formation that I am receiving for the Priesthood and, God-willing, look forward to the privilege of serving the faithful in our wonderful Diocese,” he said.