Story by Reagan Scott
LINCOLN (SNR) — On Saturday, May 26 at 11 a.m., Bishop Conley will ordain Deacons Douglas Daro and Luke Fleck at the Cathedral of the Risen Christ.
The day before, Friday, May 25, Tony Bedient, Carson Kain and Allan Phan will be ordained transitional deacons at Cathedral at 7 p.m. All are invited to attend both Masses, as well as a holy hour for those to be ordained on Thursday, May 24 at 7 p.m. at the St. Thomas Aquinas Newman Center.
Deacon Douglas Daro
Deacon Daro, the son of Russ and Loretta Daro, grew up a member of Saint Mary Parish in David City. He will celebrate his first Mass at his home parish on Sunday, May 27 at 1 p.m.
Deacon Daro has five siblings, three older brothers and two younger sisters. He grew up attending Saint Mary grade school in David City and Aquinas Catholic School for middle and high school.
It wasn’t until he got to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln however, that Deacon Daro started to consider the priesthood and said that the example of the priests he had along the way was a big influence on him.
Deacon Daro spent three years at St. Gregory the Great Seminary in Seward before studying at Mount St. Mary’s Seminary in Emmitsburg, Md. for four years. His upcoming ordination has become an event that he is greatly anticipating.
“It’s exciting because there’s a lot of mystery as far as what the future holds for my life. It’s exciting to be part of God’s plan and see that carried out in my life,” he said.
As far as what he is most looking forward to, Deacon Daro knows that being a priest will give him the opportunity to bring the people of the diocese to Christ.
He said, “I am looking forward to serving the people in the diocese, and I’m excited to learn from them and bring Jesus to them in the sacraments.”
Deacon Luke Fleck
Deacon Fleck’s mother and step-father are Anne and Kevin Riley; his late father was Michael Fleck. He has one older sister and a younger sister. Deacon Fleck will celebrate his first Mass at St. Joseph Parish in Lincoln on Sunday, May 27 at 1:30 p.m.
Growing up, Deacon Fleck attended St. Joseph School in Lincoln before going to Pius X High School. He said the priests who taught his theology classes at Pius had a big impact on him.
“The priests who taught me at Pius were a big source of inspiration for showing the authenticity of the priesthood,” he said. “Father Courtney (Father Scott Courtney, one of his teachers) really radiated the joy that the priesthood had.”
Since he was 5 years old, Deacon Fleck felt that he was being called to the priesthood and only spent one year at Southeast Community College before he went to St. Gregory the Great Seminary. After graduation, Deacon Fleck attended St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Wynnewood, Pa.
As far as his feelings about the fact that he will be a priest by the end of the month, Deacon Fleck is coming to terms with the idea.
“It’s slowly setting in,” he said. “I’m so excited. It’s really been a joy and a blessing to know that God has called me to join Him in ministering to people in the Diocese of Lincoln.”
Like Deacon Daro, Deacon Fleck is excited at the thought of getting to minister to individuals in the diocese, especially through the sacraments.
“I’m looking forward to having the opportunity to meet people where they’re at in their relationship with Christ and helping them to grow in that relationship.”