It is with great joy and thanksgiving that we announce the upcoming ordination of Deacon John Bye-Torre to the Sacred Order of Presbyters. The ordination will take place at St. Stephen’s ANCC, located in Seattle, Washington, on Saturday, 22 April. The Most Reverend George Lucey, FCM, ANCC Presiding Bishop, will officiate.
Ordained to the Diaconate in February 2015, Deacon John is the founder of St. Stephen’s ANCC in Seattle, WA and a professed friar in the Franciscan Community of Mercy. A Licensed Mental Health Counselor with earned graduate degrees in counseling and administration, Deacon John works in private practice.
In addition to his regular parish duties, Deacon John offers free counseling to military personnel and their families, volunteers at a senior center kitchen, and leads a spiritual healing group for former Roman Catholics.
Deacon John reports that since his 2015 ordination, he’s been, “guided and influenced by St Timothy (2 Tim 2:15), ‘Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.’” His hope as a priest “is to be a good servant, and I pray that when I do meet my God, he will say to me, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. Enter into the joy of your master.’”
He also expresses gratitude to the leadership of the ANCC for guidance during his formation. “These great men and women have changed my heart and provided me with the room to grow on my own, in my own way, towards a deeper, more meaningful life.”
The Call heartily congratulates Deacon John on his upcoming ordination to the priesthood! May God continue what God has begun in him!