PORTLAND, Maine — Bishop Robert P. Deeley has announced that three transitional deacons will be ordained to the priesthood this spring. The designation of “transitional deacon” indicates that although the individual will always be a deacon by virtue of his ordination, the title expresses the expectation that he will one day be ordained to the priesthood.
Kyle Doustou, 26, was born in Lewiston and graduated from Saint Dominic Academy in 2005. He received a full scholarship from and entered into the Basselin Scholars Program, a three-year honors philosophy program at Catholic University in Washington, D.C. He earned bachelor’s and licentiate degrees in philosophy and then a bachelor’s degree in theology.
Deacon Kyle completed his master’s degree in theology this spring from Theological College in Washington, D.C. Bishop Deeley will celebrate his Mass of Priestly Ordination at 5:30 p.m. Friday, May 30, at the Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul in Lewiston.
“When I reflect on my life, on all the many joys and challenges, I can clearly see the hand of God guiding me to where I am today,” said Deacon Kyle. “The Lord gifted me from the time I was a boy with a love and desire for the priesthood, and now, He is bringing that gift to fruition. I am overwhelmed with gratitude as I ponder God’s goodness to me and it simply fills me with joy. I am so looking forward to returning home to Maine, and my gratitude extends to all those who are there waiting for me and who have supported me throughout the years with their prayers and love.”
Brad Morin, 30, was born in Upper Frenchville. Upon graduating from Madawaska High School in 2002, he attended Saint Joseph’s College in Standish, earning a bachelor’s degree in philosophy in 2006. Deacon Brad will complete his master’s degree in theology this spring from St. Mary’s Seminary & University in Baltimore, Md., the nation’s first and oldest seminary. Bishop Deeley will celebrate his Mass of Priestly Ordination at 4 p.m. Friday, June 6, at St. David Church in Madawaska.
“I am very excited to have received the call to Holy Orders,” said Deacon Brad. “It has been a long road up to this point, going back to when I first signed up on the diocesan vocations list back in 1999 as a 15-year-old freshman in high school. The best way to describe the feeling is that it’s like coming home.”
Edward Clifford, 51, was born in Shawmut. He attended Yarmouth High School but graduated from high school in Milford, Ohio, in 1981. He received a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Dayton, Ohio, and he also earned a master’s degree in public administration at the University of Maine in Orono. Clifford will receive his master’s degree in theology this spring from Blessed John XXIII Seminary in Weston, Mass. Bishop Deeley will celebrate his Mass of Priestly Ordination at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 14, at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Portland.
“I’ve been attracted to the priesthood since college, the idea of it, I should say,” remarked Deacon Edward. “There are good priests, but we need more good priests. God willing, I will become a good priest.”
Once ordained, Deacons Kyle, Brad and Edward will be assigned to parishes in the Diocese of Portland, which covers the entire state of Maine.