Five Franciscan Friars to be Ordained Deacons September 14 at Franciscan University of Steubenville | Franciscan University of Steubenville
  • Five Franciscan Friars to be Ordained Deacons September 14 at Franciscan University of Steubenville

    Brother Daniel Maria Klimek, TOR; Brother Matthew Simons, TOR; Brother Zachary Burns, TOR; Brother Rufino Corona, TOR; Brother Stephen Mary Waruszewski, TOR.

    September 05, 2019

    STEUBENVILLE, OHIO—Five members of the Franciscan Friars, TOR, Province of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, will be ordained deacons—their final step before the priesthood—on September 14 at Franciscan University of Steubenville.

    The Diaconate Ordination Mass will begin at 10:00 a.m. in Finnegan Fieldhouse on the Franciscan campus, followed by a reception in the J.C. Williams Center. The public is invited to both events. Tickets are not required.

    The main celebrant and homilist will be Bishop Jeffrey M. Monforton of the Diocese of Steubenville.

    “We usually hold our diaconate ordination ceremonies at the TOR mother house in Loretto, Pennsylvania. But all five men have close connections to Franciscan University, and the Sacred Heart Province is excited to hold the ceremony at the University,” said Father Joseph Lehman, TOR, minister provincial. “An ordination is always a gift and a privilege for the Church, and we would love to have as many people as possible come join us for this celebration.”

    Brother Daniel Maria Klimek, TOR, is an assistant professor of theology at Franciscan University and teaches courses in Mariology, Christian morality, Franciscan spirituality, and mysticism. Originally from Chicago, Brother Klimek comes from a Polish-American family and lived in Poland for a few years as a child. He received his PhD from The Catholic University of America.

    Brother Zachary Burns, TOR, a native of Milford, Pennsylvania, is an alumnus of Franciscan University's sister school, Saint Francis University, Loretto, Pennsylvania. He studied elementary education and worked as a public school teacher before joining the TORs. During his apostolic year of formation, Brother Burns served at Franciscan University as the pastoral associate in the Missionary Outreach Office.

    Brother Rufino Corona, TOR, is originally from Puebla, México, but he spent the second half of his childhood in La Jolla, California. He entered the Sacred Heart Province in August 2013 after graduating from Franciscan University, where he majored in international business with a minor in marketing. While at Franciscan, he was involved with music ministry and was a member of Lion of Judah Household.

    Brother Stephen Mary Waruszewski, TOR, of West View, Pennsylvania, in the North Hills of Pittsburgh, graduated in 2013 from St. Vincent College in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, with a BS in accounting and finance and entered the Sacred Heart Province that same year. His mother, Rose (Carrig) Waruszewski, graduated from Franciscan University with a bachelor’s degree in psychology in 1973.

    Originally from Boise, Idaho, Brother Matthew Simons, TOR, graduated from Franciscan University in 1997 with a degree in communication arts and worked for a publishing company before entering the Sacred Heart Province in 1999. He left a few years later to help with family needs. He completed an MBA and certification in project management, and worked in youth ministry before re-entering the TORs in 2015.

    All five brothers have already professed solemn vows and are on track to be ordained to the priesthood next year.

    Their upcoming Diaconate Ordination Mass will mark the first time since 1996 that a TOR brother—now Father Joe Lehman, TOR,—was ordained to the diaconate at Franciscan University. At that same ceremony, Father Dave Pivonka, TOR, now Franciscan University’s seventh president, was ordained to the priesthood.

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