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Rome, Assisi pilgrimage planned around ordination

Informational meetings Jan. 4 in Minden, Jan. 11 in Lincoln

ROME (SNR) - The North American College (NAC) in Rome will celebrate the ordination of 62 transitional deacons next September, including Andrew Schwenka of the Diocese of Lincoln.

The 62 seminarians hail from 50 dioceses throughout North American and Australia. Forty-six plan to be ordained in Rome, and 16 in their home dioceses.

A native of Holy Family Parish in Heartwell, Schwenka entered St. Gregory the Great Seminary in Seward in 2012 and graduated in 2015. He has been studying at the NAC since the fall of 2015.

Schwenka’s family is planning a nine-day pilgrimage to Rome and Assisi, Italy around the Sept. 27, 2018 ordination at St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome, and all are welcome to join.

Related item: Father James Morin's diaconate ordination was in Rome in 2015

Informational meetings will be held Thursday, Jan. 4 at 6:30 p.m. at St. John the Baptist Church in Minden, and at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 11 at St. Michael Church in Lincoln, where Schwenka served for eight weeks this summer.

The cost to attend the pilgrimage, led by Proximo Travel, is $3,499 per person, double occupancy.

For more information, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call Stacy Brass at 402-440-3711. 

“We hope you can join us to celebrate this joyous occasion in the Eternal City,” Schwenka’s sister Stacy Brass said. “Please keep Andrew and his classmates in your prayers as they prepare for ordination.”

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