Transitional deacons-to-be anticipate preaching, meeting people

Categories: Around the Diocese

By Kristi Anderson
The Visitor

On June 20, seminarians Matthew Langager and Doug Liebsch will be ordained transitional deacons at 10:30 a.m. at St. Mary’s Cathedral in St. Cloud.

A transitional deacon is a seminarian who is ordained a deacon, usually after he completes his third year at the theological seminary, and intends to become a priest.

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Matthew Langager

Matthew Langager, whose home parish is Christ Church Newman Center in St. Cloud, just completed his third year at the Pontifical North American College in Rome.

“The largest blessing living in Rome is that I am so close to the heart of the church,” Langager said. “Both in Rome and in my travels while there, I have been able to see so many different aspects of the Catholic Church. It is wonderful to see how Christ has touched the lives of so many people, each in their own unique way.”

Langager is excited to spend his summer at St. Francis Xavier Parish in Sartell before heading back to Rome for his final year of seminary formation.

“I look forward to preaching homilies and getting to know the people of the parish,” he said.

Langager will serve as deacon for the first time at Mass at 9:45 a.m. Sunday, June 21, at St. Mary’s Cathedral in St. Cloud.

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Doug Liebsch

Liebsch, a parishioner of St. Mary of Mount Carmel Parish in Long Prairie, also looks forward to meeting people in the parishes of Sacred Heart in Staples and St. Michael in Motley, where he will spend the summer. Liebsch will begin his fourth year at St. Paul Seminary in St. Paul this fall.

“I am really looking forward to growing as a public person in the church and doing a lot of preaching,” Liebsch said. “I’m sure I will be nervous, but I will let the Holy Spirit work through me. This is what we’ve been preparing for and God will be the one acting. We are just instruments, and I am excited to watch God work through me.”

St. Cloud seminarians who study at St. Paul Seminary serve in teaching parishes around the diocese throughout their formation. Liebsch’s teaching assignment is at the parishes of St. Michael in St. Cloud and St. Joseph in Waite Park.

“Its nice to be close to home and to have a teaching parish so I can get to know some of the people of the diocese,” Liebsch said.
His first Mass as deacon will be at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, June 21, at St. Mary of Mount Carmel in Long Prairie.

Both men anticipate priesthood ordination in June 2016.