Vaughn Treco, a husband, grandfather of two and former Anglican priest, was ordained to the Catholic diaconate and priesthood in early May with the approval of Pope Francis.
His ordination as a Catholic priest who is married is allowed as an exception to the normal requirement for celibacy.
Treco will serve within the geographic boundaries of the St.
Peter as the priest for a community of former Anglicans. Bede the Venerable, they have been under the care of Benedictine Br. "I've done this work before." Treco, 52, was ordained to the transitional diaconate with other transitional deacons from the St.
The small community of 10 people worships on Sundays at Holy Family Church in suburban St. Paul Seminary by Archbishop John Nienstedt on May 2 at the Basilica of St. Auxiliary Bishop Andrew Cozzens ordained him to the Catholic priesthood May 3 at Holy Family.
In a letter to priests of the archdiocese that invited them to attend the priesthood ordination, Cozzens explained the circumstances that have brought Treco to the Catholic priesthood.
Treco "comes to us with a rich theological background as a former director of formation for his Anglican diocese," Cozzens wrote.
Steenson on this for the past year, and now the final hurdle has been crossed." Now that he has been ordained, Treco may, at the archbishop's discretion and with the permission of Steenson, also serve other in capacities within the archdiocese, Cozzens said.
"For example, he could be a parochial vicar at one of our parishes as well.
This is all yet to be determined by the archbishop." Treco became a Catholic in 2000.
"He finished all the requirements for ordination to the priesthood in the Catholic Church some years ago, and has been awaiting the right place for his service to the church." Msgr.
Jeffrey Steenson, head of Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St.
Peter, approached Treco in 2014 about the need for a priest to serve the small ordinariate community in Minnesota. Treco's ordination for service to that community," Cozzens wrote.
"Since the community existed within the boundaries of the Archdiocese of St. "With the archbishop's permission, I have been working with Msgr.