One Man Will Be Ordained to the Priesthood
Three Men Will Be Ordained as Transitional Deacons
(ST.LOUIS)Most Reverend Peter Christensen, Bishop of Superior, Wisconsin, will confer the sacrament of priestly ordination on one Aquinas Institute of Theology graduate and will ordain four current Aquinas Institute students to the transitional diaconate during Mass at St. Francis Xavier (College) Church, Grand and Lindell Boulevards, at 1 p.m. on Sunday, May 10.
Brother Andrew McAlpin, O.P., a 2008 graduate of Aquinas Institute, will be ordained to the priesthood for the Order of Preachers (Dominicans). Dominican Brothers Michail Ford, O.P, and Patrick Tobin, O.P., and Resurrectionist Brother Eric Wagner, C.R., will be ordained as transitional deacons who will serve part-time in parishes over the next year while they complete their studies for the Roman Catholic priesthood. One of the four, Br. Michail Ford, is a native of the Archdiocese of St. Louis, and three of the four were raised in the U.S. Midwest. As a group, the men range in age from 27 to 44.
McAlpin, 44, a native of Eagan, Minnesota, is a U.S. Navy veteran who worked for nearly nine years at the Honeywell Corporation in Plymouth, Minnesota, earned a B.A. in Catholic Studies at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul in 2001, and served as a parish Director of Religious Education in the Archdiocese of Minneapolis-St. Paul before entering the Dominican Order in 2003. Mc Alpin received a Master of Divinity (M.Div.) degree from Aquinas Institute in 2008. After ordination to the priesthood, McAlpin will continue to serve as a teacher of theology, director of educational technology and as an assistant freshman football coach and assistant varsity baseball coach at Fenwick (Catholic) High School in River Forest, IL (a suburb of Chicago).
Ford, 42, a native of Florissant, Missouri, earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (B.S.B.A.) degree with a major in Management from the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg, Missouri in 1993, and worked for ten years as a manager for D.L. Cole and Associates in St. Louis before entering the Dominican Order. While he finishes his graduate studies at Aquinas Institute, he will continue to minister part-time at St. Justin Martyr Catholic Parish in Sunset Hills, Missouri, and to serve as a chaplain for the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department.
Tobin, 34, spent part of his young life in Virginia, received a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in chemistry in 1997 from the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Virginia, and was active in parish life and the Knights of Columbus in Ann Arbor, Michigan, while completing studies for both a Master of Science (M.S.) and a doctoral (Ph.D.) degree in chemistry from the University if Michigan. Tobin entered the Dominican Order in 2003, and while he completes his graduate studies at Aquinas Institute, he will minister part-time at St. Pius V Parish in St. Louis.
Wagner, 27, a native of Woodstock, Illinois, who entered the Congregation for the Resurrection (Resurrectionists) in 2001, earned a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Architecture degree from Washington University before beginning his priestly studies at Aquinas Institute of Theology in 2005. Since beginning his formation for the priesthood, his pastoral ministry placements have included service as a confirmation catechist and youth ministry assistant within the Diocese of Rockford and more recently as a campus ministry intern at Washington University and as a student chaplain at St. Louis University Hospital in St. Louis.
Aquinas Institute of Theology is a Roman Catholic graduate school of theology and ministry sponsored by the Dominican Order. Impelled by the Catholic faith and the Dominican mission, Aquinas Institute of Theology educates men and women to preach, to teach, to minister and to lead, and is the only Catholic institution in the world offering a Doctorate in preaching. While most students are Catholic, Protestants also study at Aquinas Institute. Students represent communities that stretch from coast to coast, and from as far away as Africa and South America.