Knoxville seminarian ordained as deacon in St. Peter’s Basilica

Jim Wogan News, Vocations

Pontifical North American College seminarian walks in procession during ordination of deacons in St. Peter's Basilica at Vatican

Pontifical North American College seminarian Michael A. Hendershott of the Diocese of Knoxville, Tenn., center, walks in procession during the ordination of deacons in St. Peter’s Basilica. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Diocese of Knoxville seminarian Michael Hendershott’s journey in service to God and the Catholic Church reached a significant milestone when he was ordained a deacon during a ceremony in St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican on Oct. 2.

Deacon Hendershott was one of 43 seminarians ordained by Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl of Washington.  He is studying for the priesthood at the Pontifical North American College in Rome.

He began his studies in 2007 at St. Borromeo Seminary in Philadelphia and at the time thanked Bishop Richard Stika and Diocese of Knoxville parishioners for their support.

“I feel very blessed and graced by the providence of God. I’m very grateful to Bishop Stika and the people of the diocese for the opportunity to be studying in Rome,” he told East Tennessee Catholic in 2013.

Deacon Hendershott’s home parish is St. John Neumann in Farragut.  He is will enter the priesthood in 2015.