PITTSFIELD -- The Rev. Christopher Andrew Fedoryshyn of Pittsfield will be ordained for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield at 11 a.m. on Saturday, during a Mass presided by Springfield Bishop Timothy McDonnell at St. Michael's Cathedral in Springfield.
The Rev. Francis "Frank" Jeffrey Lawlor, 57, a native of New Haven, Conn., will also be ordained.
Fedoryshyn, 29, became a deacon in November. He is the son of Marie (Guertin) Fedoryshyn and the late Peter Fedoryshyn. He was baptized at the former Notre Dame Parish and is presently a parishioner of St. Charles Borromeo Parish.
The deacon is a 2003 graduate of Taconic High School and a 2007 graduate of Siena College.
He did doctoral graduate work in economics at the American University in Washington, D.C., and went on to study at St. John Seminary in Brighton.
He returned to Pittsfield when his father, a former math teacher at Pittsfield High School, died suddenly in 2008.
Deacon Fedoryshyn said he credits his pastor, the Rev. Peter Gregory of St. Charles Parish, with encouraging his vocation into the priesthood.
The Rev. Gary M. Dailey, director of vocations for the Springfield Diocese, told the Catholic Communications Corporation website, iobserve.org, the ordination day is special.
"Always, when we ordain new priests, it's a sign of great hope. It's also a sign of continuity. Through the priest, the sacraments are being administered to the people God and that alone is, in itself, a great joy," Dailey said.
He said that one ordination is scheduled for next year and none for 2016. Following the ordination there are six men studying to be priests.
In the past nine years, the diocese has ordained 24 men. Dailey said there are 12 men in the application process for this fall, and that he's hoping to see an increase in vocations.
Saturday's Mass in Springfield is open to the public, and is expected to last 90 minutes to two hours.
The ceremony will also be live-streamed online at iobserve.org.
To watch a video interview with Deacon Christopher Fedoryshyn, visit youtube.com/watch?v=-XWLylGYaI4.