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Diaconal, priesthood ordinations coming in May, June

By The Northern Cross 

Four men are to be ordained permanent deacons May 6, and two men are to be ordained priests June 24, with both ordinations taking place at 5 p.m. at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary in Duluth.

Four men are to be ordained deacons May 6. They are, from left, Ronald Guertin, Dan O’Reilly, John Kroll, and William Hafdahl. (Photo by Peter Lande)

The men being ordained deacons are Ronald Guertin, William Hafdahl, John Kroll, and Daniel O’Reilly. 

Guertin is from St. Augustine Church in Cohasset. He and his wife Rachael have three children, Maria, Robin, and Joseph. Hafdahl comes from Holy Spirit Church in Virginia. He and his wife Judy have seven children, Claire, Anna, Margaret, Catherine, Emma, Christine, and Joseph. Kroll is from St. Andrew Church in Brainerd and married to Mary. They have two sons, Kyle and Neil. O’Reilly also comes from St. Andrew’s. He and his wife Theresa have eight children, Dominic, Timothy, Matthew, Luke, Lillianna, Emily, Benjamin, and Joseph. 

The men being ordained to the priesthood are Deacon Daniel Hammer, 28, the son of Dr. William and Teresa Hammer, from St. Andrew’s in Brainerd, and Deacon Scott Padrnos, 32, the son of Daniel and Susan Padrnos, from St. Christopher’s Church in Nisswa. Deacon Padrnos completed his seminary training at St. Paul Seminary in St. Paul, and Deacon Hammer completed his at the North American College in Rome.

Deacon Scott Padrnos Deacon Daniel Hammer

Each of the two new priests will also be offering a Mass of Thanksgiving in his home parish following ordination. Father Hammer’s will be at St. Andrew’s Saturday, June 25, at 11 a.m., and Father Padrnos will have his at St. Christopher’s Sunday, June 26, at 2 p.m. 

Assignments for the new priests have already be announced. Father Padrnos will begin his duties as parochial vicar of St. Francis in Brainerd, All Saints in Baxter, and St. Thomas of the Pines in Brainerd July 13. Father Hammer will assist at Holy Spirit in Virginia prior to beginning graduate studies in canon law at the Gregorian University in Rome. 

Correction: In the print version of this story, an incorrect photo was used for Deacon Hammer. The Northern Cross regrets the error.