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    Daniel Ulishney

    Class of 2009

    Majors: Priestly Discernment Program

    In June 2012, Daniel Ulishney and his two classmates became the first priests ordained in the Diocese of Greensburg, Pennsylvania, in six years. So it’s no wonder that he had to hit the ground running.

    Father Dan, parochial vicar for four parishes, reports to three different pastors. He says Mass at a different church each day, visits the sick, drops in at the Catholic school, does marriage prep, and on any given day attends several meetings of parish staff, parish councils, youth groups, ministries—the list goes on and on. Another man might find it overwhelming, but Father Dan is up for the challenge.

    “There’s such richness in this assignment,” he explains. “Some of these are ethnic parishes—Polish, Italian, or a mix—each with different cultures, histories, and ways of doing things. I have the joy of celebrating Mass each day in a different beautiful, historic worship space. Serving under three pastors teaches me a lot about leadership. It’s been a wonderful learning opportunity.”

    What does Father Ulishney most enjoy about the priesthood so far?

    “I just love being with folks, visiting nursing homes, being with the sick and the dying. And celebrating the sacraments, of course. You are never more of a priest than when hearing confessions. What an incredible grace to be an instrument of God’s mercy!”

    And his favorite sermon topic?

    “God’s love! The world needs to hear, "You are loved!”

    And what are the greatest challenges?

    “Mine is a ministry of presence, of showing up. But I can’t be everywhere at once! Still, people have been very understanding so far.”

    The 27-year-old priest says that while ministering in four parishes he’s also taking online courses through The Catholic University of America to complete a degree in canon law.

    Father Dan recalls his years in Franciscan University’s Priestly Discernment Program (2007-2009) with gratitude. Like most PDP grads, he found the support and friendship of the other men in his household to be an important factor in his discernment. He also recalls the spiritual formation he received from (then director) Father Ken Cienik, SA. The friendships he formed in Steubenville, he says, are likely to remain strong.

    “I stay in touch with a number of guys. Some of them studied with me at the North American College in Rome. Some came to my ordination. Those bonds will carry on throughout our lives.”

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