Diocesan Seminarian Chris Peschel to be Ordained a Deacon

FALL RIVER — Diocesan seminarian Christopher Peschel will be ordained a transitional deacon by Bishop George W. Coleman at an 11 a.m. Mass on Saturday, January 11, in St. Mary’s Cathedral, Fall River.

Peschel, 25, is in his final year of theological studies at St. John’s Seminary in Brighton, Mass.

Once ordained a deacon, he will be able to assist the priest at Mass and be an ordinary minister of the Eucharist, proclaim the Gospel and preach, baptize, and minister at other services.

It is anticipated that he will be ordained a priest for the Fall River Diocese in June.

Peschel, who is from Taunton and Annunciation of the Lord Parish in that city, is the son of Bruce Peschel and Linda Forte. He is a graduate of Taunton Catholic Middle School and Xaverian Brothers High School in Westwood, Mass.

After high school, he completed four years of study at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary, Overbrook in Philadelphia from which he earned a bachelor’s degree in 2010. During his college years, he spent one summer studying Spanish in Mexico and another at the Institute for Priestly Formation at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska.

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