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Two Priestly Ordinations to be Celebrated

Bishop Robert Deeley will ordain two men to the priesthood this spring.  Deacon Kevin Upham will be ordained May 26 at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Portland and Deacon Patrick Finn will be ordained on June 16 at St. John the Baptist Church in Brunswick. All are welcome to attend the Masses and join in the celebration!

A Holy Hour for Vocations will be held the evening before each of the ordinations.  The first holy hour will be Friday, May 25, at 5:15 p.m. in the cathedral chapel and the second will be Friday, June 15, at 5:15 p.m. at St. John the Baptist Church.

Ordination Date and Time:
May 26, 2018 at 10 a.m.

Ordination Location:
Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, 307 Congress St., Portland

Vesting Priest:
Father Greg Dube

Hometown:
Born in Portland
Raised in Holliston, Mass.

Age: 34

Seminary:
St. John's Seminary
Brighton, Mass.

Current Pastoral Assignment:
Immaculate Conception Parish,
Marlborough, Mass.

Mass of Thanksgiving:
Saturday, May 26, at 4 p.m.
Holy Martyrs of North America Church, 266 Foreside Rd., Falmouth

Favorite Saints:
St. Anthony of Padua, St. Francis of Assisi, St. Martin de Porres, St. Kateri Tekakwitha, St. Maximilian Kolbe, and St. Maria Goretti 

Meet Deacon Kevin Upham

“I look forward to spending my life delivering the message of God’s love. I am optimistic about the future of the Church in Maine, and I look forward to doing my part to shine the light of Christ in this state.”

Deacon Kevin was born in Portland, but his family moved to Holliston, Massachusetts, when he was six months old, and that is where he was raised. He describes his early family life as "very Catholic."  He remembers his mother buying him picture books of saints, which he loved.

"I am an only child, but my parents, grandparents, and other relatives helped me develop my Catholic faith,” he said. “It was and is truly a gift to have these wonderful people of faith in my life to guide me along the way.”

Deacon Kevin said his first thoughts of the priesthood came around the age of 13. He recalls reciting the priests' parts during Mass and pondering possible homilies.

He returned to Maine following his high school graduation and attended Saint Joseph's College in Standish, where he earned a degree in communications. While at college, one of his favorite experiences was serving the Passamaquoddy people of Indian Township during Spring Break Workfests.

After college, he worked at a bank for six years but always felt a call to help others. He served in jail ministry, led Communion services at the Veterans' Home in Scarborough, and was a reader at Mass.

"These experiences provided a window into what a future in the priesthood could mean," he said.

In 2012, Kevin entered St. Mary’s Seminary & University in Baltimore, which, he said, really opened his eyes to the depth of the Church. In 2016, he continued his clerical studies at Saint John’s Seminary in Brighton, Mass.  He was ordained to the transitional diaconate by Bishop Robert Deeley on June 18, 2017.

His pastoral work has included St. Michael Parish, Augusta; the Parish of the Resurrection of the Lord, Old Town; St. Paul the Apostle Parish, Bangor; Holy Savior Parish, Rumford; and the Portland Peninsula & Island Parishes. He also completed clinical pastoral education at Maine Medical Center in Portland.

Ordination Date and Time:
June 16, 2018 at 10 a.m.

Ordination Location:
St. John the Baptist Church,
39 Pleasant St., Brunswick

Hometown:
Bath, ME

Age: 34

Seminary:
St. John's Seminary
Brighton, Mass.

Current Pastoral Assignment:
Parish of the Holy Eucharist, Falmouth

Mass of Thanksgiving:
Sunday, June 17, at 9:30 a.m.
St. Mary Church, 144 Lincoln St., Bath

Favorite Saints:
St. Francis of Assisi, North American Martyrs (and all American saints); St. John Vianney, St. Maximilian Kolbe, St. John Paul II

Meet Deacon Patrick Finn

“The Lord invites us to relationship with him and that I see as my big mission, just to preach that the Lord is present and wants us to love him back.”

Deacon Patrick Finn is a native of the city of Bath, where his family attended St. Mary Church.  He became active in the Church at an early age, serving as a reader at Mass in fifth grade.

“St. Mary’s, literally, has watched me grow up and heard me grow up,” he said.

It was also around the fifth grade that Deacon Patrick said he started to think about the priesthood and to take a greater interest in the Mass and his church. 

Patrick was also active in youth ministry and participated in diocesan youth events, which he said gave him a sense of the broader Church.

After graduating from Morse High School in Bath, Patrick attended Franciscan University of Steubenville in Ohio. While there, it became clear to him that he had a vocation to the priesthood.  He felt his call was to become a religious order priest with the Franciscans who minister at the university.  After he received his degree in theology, he entered formation with the Franciscan Friars of the Third Order Regular at their motherhouse in Loretto, Pennsylvania. In 2008, he professed first vows, then moved to Washington, D.C., to continue his formation.  He attended the Catholic University of America and earned a master of divinity degree in 2012, but around that same time, he left the Franciscans.

“I had so many awesome opportunities as a friar, and I learned and experienced so much that I never could have gotten elsewhere,” said Deacon Patrick. “But God made it clear that this particular community wasn’t where I needed to be.”

He became communications director for the Black and Indian Mission Office in Washington, D.C. After 14 months, he returned to Maine to become director of faith formation for Prince of Peace Parish in Lewiston.

Being in Maine and being surrounded by longtime priest friends made him reflect again on his vocation, and he decided the apply to the Diocese of Portland.

“The Lord’s taken it from there,” he said.

Finn completed two additional years of theological study at Saint John’s Seminary in Brighton, Massachusetts, and was ordained to the transitional diaconate on October 8, 2017.

“My life has been a great adventure. It hasn’t always been easy, but I can only be grateful to the Lord for everything."