Salvatorians Celebrated the Priestly Ordination of Four Men!
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Milwaukee, WI. A Nigerian, a Mexican and two American men, gathered together to share and celebrate their priestly ordination on Sunday, June 23rd at the Salvatorian-led parish of Mother of Good Counsel in Milwaukee, WI. The ordinations were celebrated by the Most Reverend Jeffrey Robert Haines, Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee. These men have spent the last year, their diaconate year, immersing themselves into all aspects of parish and community life, as a way to put into practice all the lessons learned during religious formation.
“These men come from very different backgrounds, but each one is truly Salvatorian,” said Fr. Jeff Wocken SDS, USA provincial. “Universality is one of our core values. We are a diverse community called to serve people from many different walks of life. This unity in diversity requires respect and forgiveness, which is a powerful witness of Communion in our Church and world.”
“The formation journey is a very involved process of discernment and spiritual awakening,” said Fr. Peter Schuessler SDS, vicar provincial and director of formation for the Society. “Each of these men has immersed himself in the Salvatorian charism and is now prepared to take that next step of commitment to life as a Salvatorian priest.”
Fr. Patric Nikolas
“My diaconal year gave me the opportunity to preach, participate more thoroughly in the mass, and get accustomed to the view from the front of the church. I used to sit in the back like a good Catholic,” he said. “Priesthood is the permanent commitment I’ve been formed to take on, and I approach June 23 with profound gratitude and humility.”
Nikolas will be teaching theology and doing sacramental ministry full time at Divine Savior Holy Angels High School in the fall.
Fr. Octavio Trejo-Flores
“Preparation for the priesthood has taken years of arduous preparation both spiritually and academically. My Salvatorian formation has given me a solid foundation for my future ministry,” said Trejo-Flores. “Throughout my diaconal year, the love that the faithful have shown me, has inspired me. I ask God to help me serve His People with the same love that God shows me every day.”
Returning to the Salvatorian-sponsored, Camp St. Charles, in Newburg, MD, Trejo-Flores will minister for a third summer saying Mass and participating in leadership activities with the campers. In the fall he will head to our southern region to begin service as the associate pastor of a parish in Florida.
Fr. Virginus Osuagwu
“Formation has played a critical role in preparing me for both the upcoming ordination and the mission ahead,” said Osuagwu. “I have come to understand the meaning of grace, that is, how Jesus walks into the lives of ordinary people like me and transforms them into usable instruments to promote the reign of God.”
Osuagwu will be exploring ministry possibilities on the east coast, where Salvatorians have a significant presence. After his ordination, his interest lies within a new social justice ministry that he hopes to develop.
Fr. Paul Wilkin
“This blessed journey has included using the gifts God has graced me with so that I can serve others,” said Wilkin. “I have also received many grace filled gifts back from those I serve whether in the U.S., Vietnam or the Philippines,”
Post ordination Wilkin will continue to serve at St. Margaret Mary Parish in Milwaukee, WI. He will return to SHSST to complete his final semester and has begun looking at ministry for the future. Wilkin’s heart is set on ministry in one of the Asian countries where Salvatorians currently serve.