Saturday, September 29, 2012

Priestly ordination today in Rochester, Michigan

I still have not finished processing photos from last Saturday's prayer vigil, and I now have more photos from last night's Solemn High Mass at Assumption Grotto for Juventutem of Michigan.

I want to pass this information along.  Please pray for the soon to be Father Slaton on this, his ordination day.  He is being ordained today, the Feast of the Holy Archangels - Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael.

From the Michigan Catholic:
Deacon Robert Slaton will bring 2012 class to four Sept. 29

DETROIT — The Archdiocese of Detroit will get another new priest Saturday, Sept. 29, when Archbishop Allen Vigneron ordains Deacon Robert J. Slaton to the priesthood at St. Andrew Church in Rochester.

The 11 a.m. ceremony is open to the public.

Deacon Slaton is being ordained at the parish where he has served as a transitional deacon. His ordination is taking place at this time of year because his seminary graduation date was out-of-sync with that of the three other new priests ordained this year.

Deacon Slaton, 35, was baptized at Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Grotto) Parish in Detroit, but mostly grew up at St. Gertrude Parish in St. Clair Shores.

He is the son of Larry and Linda Slaton, who are still members of the parish — now Our Lady of Hope Parish since its 2009 merger with St. Germaine Parish.

The young Robert Slaton attended St. Joan of Arc Elementary School and Lakeshore High School, both in St. Clair Shores, and went on to take courses at the Recording Institute of Detroit.

After several post-high school entry-level jobs, he worked as a recording engineer and a short-order cook and restaurant manager. 
He began attending Sacred Heart Major Seminary to learn more about his faith, but then entered the priestly formation program as a seminarian. Deacon Slaton earned a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy, a Master of Divinity degree and a Baccalaureate in Sacred Theology from the seminary.

Deacon Slaton said he fell away from the Church in his late teenage years, but began a period of “re-questioning” when he was 26. “I couldn’t make sense of life without some principle of order and morality in the universe,” he said.

Continue reading the rest of his story at the Michigan Catholic...

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