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W RITINGI N - D E P TH ANALYSIS O R I G IN ALD ESIG N 2017

The Bi-Weekly Publication of The Catholic Diocese of Lexington

T.F. Shaughnessy

Editor

LEXINGTON . Bishop of Lexing- ton John Stowe, O.F.M. Conv. ordained three men to the di- aconate June 2 in the Cathedral of Christ the King. The new deacons are: Gregory Mark Bentley, Adrin Manalas- tas Tayag, and David Michael Wheeler. Deacon Gregory Marc Bent- ley, 29, is a member of St. George Parish, Jenkins. He will continue

Three ordained to the diaconate in cathedral rite

with his final year of theology at St. Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology, St. Meinrad, IN. He attended Shelby Val- ley High School, Pikeville, and earned a bachelor of arts degree from Centre College in English, a master of arts degree from Ap- palachian State University in Ap- palachian Studies. Dc. Bentley's summer assignment is at Mother of Good Counsel, Hazard; Good Shepherd, Campton, and Holy Cross, Jackson. Deacon Aldrin Manalastas Ta- yag, 33, is a member of St. An- drew Parish, Harrodsburg. He anticipates his final year of theol- ogy at St. Meinrad. Dc. Tayag is from San Luis, Pampanga, Phil- ippines. He received a bachelor of arts degree in psychology from Holy Angel University, Angeles City, Pampanga, Philippines. His past work experience includes being a writer for the Provincial Government of Pampanga. Dc. Tayag's summer assignment is at St. Leo Parish, Versailles. Deacon David Michael Wheeler, 28, is a member of St.

Left to right, Deacons David Wheeler, Marc Bentley and Aldrin Tayag. Turn to Page 4 for more photos and coverage. CR photo: Cindy Olson

Linda Harvey

Correspondent

LEXINGTON. Father Robert Nieber- ding, 86, has tried to retire a few times but he has been called back to serve the Diocese of Lexington. Presently, he is vicar general of the diocese, and serves on the stafffor Bishop John Stowe, O.F.M. Conv. The vicar general is just below the bishop in authority and serves as the administrative center of the chancery offices by assisting and promoting official actions of the diocese under the guidance of the bishop, as required by Canon Law. I can act in the place of the bishop

Father Robert Nieberding: Priest for all seasons

to develop policies affecting priests, and I oversee the various structures with the priests, deacons, seminarians, and voca- tions," he said. "However, I cannot ordain priests, cannot consecrate oil for Chrism Mass, and cannot appoint priests." Presently there are 37 active di- ocesan priests, 86 diocesan dea- cons, and eight seminarians. When priests come from other countries they receive language and accent reduction classes. Fr. Nieberding has a rich histo- ry of experiences in the Diocese of Covington and the Diocese of Lex- ington that prepared him for his educational, parish, and diocesan leadership. He is a role model of a priest who is completely dedicated to his voca- tion and being obedient to the bishops who have appointed him to different posi- tions in his lifetime. I was ordained by Bishop William T. Mulloy on June 2, 1956 at the Cathedral of Assumption in Covington, KY. My first assignment was being the administrator of the cathedral; that also included teaching at the Latin School and the Seminary of St. Pius X in Erlanger, KY," he recalled. I then was assigned as faculty at the seminary from 1959-1968 and obtained a Master's in Education Administration at the University of Kentucky, before be- coming principal of Lexington Catholic High School for 13 years." However, he became a pastor for the first time after 25 years of priesthood. From July, 1981, to September, 1987, he

Father Bob Nieberding has been a priest for 62 years and is cur- rently vicar general of the diocese. CR Photo: Skip Olson

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