Three to be ordained
Three seminarians of the Diocese of Marquette will be ordained by Bishop John Doerfler during a special Mass on Friday, June 5, 2020 at 3:30 p.m. ET at St. Peter Cathedral in Marquette. Dcn. Romeo Cappella and Dcn. Thomas Merkel are set to be ordained as priests and Ben Rivard will be ordained a transitional deacon. (Whether the Mass is open to the public will depend on the state of the quarantine. Please stay tuned.)
Dcn. Romeo Cappella is from the Lower Peninsula town of Southgate. He began his studies at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit in 2010 as a seminarian for the Archdiocese of Detroit. However, in 2015, he became a seminarian for the Diocese of Marquette. He has completed his studies at Sacred Heart Major Seminary. He is currently on a parish internship at St. Joseph in Sault Ste. Marie.
Dcn. Tom Merkel, an Upper Peninsula native from St. Mary and St. Joseph Parish in Iron Mountain has been a seminarian for the diocese since 2015. Merkel is completing his studies at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit.
Ben Rivard is from All Saints Parish in Gladstone. He is studying at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit. This past summer he served a parish internship at St. Paul in Negaunee and Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Palmer where Fr. Larry Van Damme is pastor.