The ANCC joyfully congratulates Fr. John Bye-Torre, FCM, ordained to the presbyteriate in April, and Deacon Don Simon, ordained to the diaconate in June. Fr. John is pastor of St. Stephen ANCC in parish, and Deacon Don serves the parish of St. Odilia in Fargo, ND.
O loving Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of deacons and priests, take to your heart your daughters and sons who are close to you because of their ordinations, and because of the power which they have received to carry on the work of Christ. Be their comfort, be their joy, be their strength. Amen!
(For a statement on the importance of vocations, see Bishop Lucey’s Good Shepherd Sunday Pastoral Letter)