Detroit archbishop Allen H. Vigneron on Saturday will ordain three men to the Catholic priesthood for the Archdiocese of Detroit: Deacons Christopher Muer, Mark Livingston, and John Maksym.
The May 19 ordination will take place on the vigil of Pentecost during a 10 a.m. liturgy at the Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament, 9844 Woodward Avenue, Detroit. The public and media are invited to attend. The Mass will also be streamed live on the Archdiocese of Detroit's Facebook page, and rebroadcast on the Catholic Television Network of Detroit (CTND) at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, May 27; 4 p.m. Tuesday, May 29; 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 30; and 9:30 a.m. Thursday, May 31.
Those being ordained will greet family and friends following the ordination Mass. More details about the men being ordained:
Deacon Christopher Muer, 30, is the son of David and Mary Lou Muer. He entered Sacred Heart Major Seminary from his home parish of St. Clare of Montefalco in Grosse Pointe Park. He will begin his priestly ministry at Our Lady of the Lakes Parish in Waterford.
“I plan to answer the call of the New Evangelization in my priestly ministry by trying to make it accessible to all ages and generations. The New Evangelization is not a call for just a few, but rather is a call for all of us. We are all called to evangelize, to share Christ with others and to help others grow in their faith and use their faith to engage the world around them.”
Deacon Mark Andrew Livingston, 41, is the son of Mark and Linda Livingston. He entered Sacred Heart Major Seminary from his home parish of St. Pius X in Southgate. He will begin his priestly ministry at St. John Neumann Parish and All Saints School in Canton.
“One night, my brother and I were out for dinner and I jokingly said to him, 'If God wants me to be a priest, I hope he makes it crystal clear; I mean crystal clear.' The waitress — on cue — approached and said, 'Hi, my name is Crystal and I’ll be taking care of you this evening.' Hilarious! That wasn’t the deciding factor, of course, but God made His will known to me in many funny, simple and even incredible ways.”
Deacon John A. Maksym, 56, is the son of Anthony and Dr. Jeanne Maksym (both deceased). He entered Pope Saint John XXIII National Seminary from his home parish of St. Ambrose in Grosse Pointe Park. He will begin his priestly ministry at St. Joseph Parish in Lake Orion.
“The pastoral experience that has had the most significant impact on me is baptizing infants. I have testified before Congress, flown off an aircraft carrier, served in a war zone and presided over many of the most significant cases in modern Navy legal history — yet none of these wonderful experiences was a fraction as important and wonderful as the first time I baptized a child in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.”
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Photographs of the men to be ordained are available here.