May 27, 2014 (Louisville, KY) On Saturday, May 31, 2014, Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz, D.D. will ordain Deacon David Alvin Cockson to the diocesan priesthood for the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Louisville. The ordination will take place at 11:00 a.m. at the Cathedral of the Assumption, 433 South Fifth Street.
Deacon Cockson, 63, is a native of Grand Island, Nebraska and is the son of Alvin and Mary Cockson (both deceased). He received his bachelor of arts in history from Hastings College in Hastings, Nebraska; a master of divinity degree from St. Paul Seminary School of Divinity at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota, and a master of social work from the University of Nebraska in Omaha. Prior to entering studies for the Roman Catholic priesthood for the Archdiocese of Louisville at Sacred Heart School of Theology in Franklin, Wisconsin, Deacon Cockson spent 15 years as a licensed clinical social worker providing mental health and substance abuse counseling to individuals, families, and groups. He will celebrate his Mass of Thanksgiving on Sunday, June 1, 11:00 a.m. at St. Michael Parish, 3705 Stone Lakes Drive in Louisville.
Deacon Cockson has been appointed associate pastor of the Basilica of St. Joseph Proto-Cathedral in Bardstown and St. Michael Parish in Fairfield.
Deacon Cockson will serve as a diocesan priest for the Archdiocese of Louisville. A bishop ordains diocesan priests, also called secular priests, for a particular geographical area called a diocese or archdiocese. Diocesan priests usually serve in parishes, though they also serve in schools, hospitals, prisons, or diocesan offices, depending upon local needs. Diocesan priests ordained for the Archdiocese of Louisville serve in the 24 counties in Central Kentucky that make up the Archdiocese.
For more information, contact Cecelia Price, 502/585-3291 or 417-7187 (cell).
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