Allegra Thatcher, Assistant Editor.
Zacharias Schoen, at the Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption, Aug. 9, in a ceremony known as the Rite of Candidacy, declared his intention to discern a priestly vocation as a seminarian for the Diocese of Covington. Bishop Roger Foys, on behalf of the entire Church, accepted his candidacy. Mr. Schoen has completed his philosophical studies at the Pontifical College Josephinum, Columbus. He will begin his theological studies that will lead to ordination at St. Vincent Seminary, Latrobe.
“It gives me joy to welcome our seminarian Zacharias Schoen to this Rite of Candidacy,” said Bishop Foys. “He has listened to the voice of the Lord. It is the Lord who has begun this good work in him, and it is the Lord who will bring it to completion.”
This fall 12 men will be studying for the priesthood for the Diocese of Covington. At the end of his homily, Bishop Foys said: “It is a good time for our seminarians and all seminarians to remind themselves about keeping focused on the Lord. The journey to the priesthood is not always easy… I encourage our seminarians today to renew their commitment, to listen carefully to the voice of the Lord and never take their eyes off of him.”
There are four new seminarians this year. All 12 will begin or continue their studies at the Pontifical College Josephinum, Columbus and St. Vincent Seminary, Latrobe. (From left to right) Top row: Michael Elmlinger, William Pikar, Bradley Whittle, John Tarvin, Henry “Hank” Bischoff, Michael Schulte, Joshua “Josh” Heskamp, John Baumann. Bottom row: Justin Schwarz, Deacon Joseph Rielage, Bishop Roger Foys, Andrew Joseph “A.J.” Gedney and Zacharias Schoen.