Deacons

The Congregation of Holy Cross recently welcomed two new deacons to our community.  Michael Palmer, C.S.C., and Michael Pietrocarlo, C.S.C., professed their Final Vows on Saturday, August 27, 2016 in the Basilica of the Sacred Heart, and were ordained to the order of the Diaconate the next day. These men are now looking forward to their ordination to the priesthood in the spring of 2017.


Michael Palmer C

Michael Palmer, C.S.C., 27

Year in Formation: Deacon
Hometown: Berkley, Michigan
Summer ministry/job: Christ the King Catholic Church, South Bend, Indiana
What was your major in college? Philosophy, Master of Divinity
Patron Saint: St. John Vianney, St. Therese of Lisieux
Top books: The Father Brown Series by G.K. Chesterton
Musicians on your playlist: Bob Seger, Gaelic Storm, Hans Zimmer
Most memorable large gathering you've attended: The Canonization Mass for St. Damien of Molokai at St. Peter's Basilica
Hobbies: Singing, hockey and euchre
The place in the world you most want to visit: LeMans, France
One of your favorite ways to pray: Lectio Divina

What drew you to Holy Cross? I was drawn to Holy Cross by its authentic fraternal charism - both among its members and with those they minister to - that I have not seen anywhere else. The men of Holy Cross possess a wonderful, unparalleled zeal to share their gifts with the people of God in literally every part of the world.

What is your favorite quote from a Saint? "Faith is to believe in what you do not see. The reward for this faith is to see what you believe."  St. Augustine


Ryan Pietrocarlo C

Ryan Pietrocarlo, C.S.C., 27

Year in Formation: Deacon
Hometown: Rochester, New York
Summer ministry/job: Deacon at St. Adalbert's/St. Casimir Parish, South Bend, Indiana
What was your major in college? Biochemistry
Patron Saint: St. Joseph
Top movies: Pirates of the Caribbean
Top books: Night by Elie Wiesel
Musicians on your playlist: Anything by the Sidewalk Prophets
Hobbies: Reading, running and singing
The place in the world you most want to visit: Moscow, Russia

What drew you to Holy Cross? The education mission and the community life.

What is your favorite quote from a Saint? "Our hearts are restless until they rest in you, O God." St. Augustine

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