Ordination Set for June

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By Colleen Rowan WHEELING—The Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston will have two new priests next month. Rev. Mr. Brian Crenwelge and Rev. Mr. Cody Ford will be ordained to the priesthood by Bishop Michael J. Bransfield at the Cathedral of St. Joseph in Wheeling at 11 a.m. June 4. Priests, deacons and religious of the diocese will gather for the ordination along with Deacons Crenwelge and Ford’s family and friends. “I’m sure that it is an exciting time in their lives,” said Father Dennis R. Schuelkens, Jr., director of vocations for the diocese. “On the day of their ordination, the church confirms that, after careful inquiry, the candidates have been found worthy.” During the ordination, Deacons Crenwelge and Ford will stand before the bishop and promise to serve the people of God as priests. As they kneel before the altar, the bishop will lay his hands on each of their heads and call upon the Holy Spirit to make them ordained priests. The bishop will then pray the prayer of ordination. Their fellow priests will then vest the newly ordained with the stole and chasuble. Deacon Crenwelge will be vested by Very Rev. Don Higgs, V.F., pastor of St. Brendan Parish in Elkins and St. Patrick Parish in Coalton; and Very Rev. Paul Wharton, V.F., pastor of St. Francis de Sales Parish in Beckley. Deacon Ford will be vested by Very Rev. Dean Borgmeyer, V.F., pastor of St. Joseph Parish in Huntington; and Father Leon Alexander, who is retired from active ministry. They will then kneel before the bishop, who will anoint their palms with holy chrism. The bishop will then present the paten of bread and chalice of wine to each of them. Deacon Crenwelge, 26, is a recent graduate of Mount St. Mary’s Seminary in Emmitsburg, Md., where he obtained a Master of Divinity and a Master of Theology with a concentration in sacred Scripture. He is also a graduate of Franciscan University in Steubenville, Ohio, where he received bachelor’s degrees in philosophy and theology in 2012. He is a native of Martinsburg and his home parish is St. Leo’s in Inwood. Deacon Ford, 32, is a recent graduate of Theological College, the National Seminary of The Catholic University of America in Washington. He is also a graduate of West Virginia University in Morgantown, where he received a Bachelor of Arts in English in 2005 and a Master of Public Administration in 2012. He began philosophy studies at Wheeling Jesuit University and finished them at St. Vincent Seminary in Latrobe, Pa. He grew up in Poca and his home parish is St. Joseph’s in Huntington. Ford became Catholic via RCIA at Blessed Sacrament Parish in South Charleston in 1999-2000. At the end of the ordination Mass, Deacons Crenwelge and Ford’s assignments as newly ordained priests will be announced.

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