May 15, 2017 (Louisville, Ky.) – On Saturday, May 27, 2017, Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz, D.D. will ordain Deacons Michael C. Martin and M. Casey Sanders to the diocesan priesthood for the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Louisville. The ordination will take place at 11 a.m. at the Cathedral of the Assumption, 433 South Fifth Street.
Deacon Michael C. Martin, 52, is a native of Indianapolis, Indiana. He is the son of Jean Popplewell Martin and Henry Martin, both deceased. Deacon Martin earned a Masters of Priestly Formation degree from Sacred Heart Seminary and School of Theology in Hales Corner, Wisconsin. Before ordination, Deacon Martin worked in the health care field. He will celebrate his Mass of Thanksgiving on Sunday, May 28, 11:00 a.m. at Good Shepherd Church (3511 Rudd Avenue, Louisville). After ordination, Deacon Martin has been assigned as associate pastor of Saint Augustine Church in Lebanon, Ky. and Holy Name of Mary Church in Calvary, Ky.
Deacon M. Casey Sanders, 34, is a native of Leavenworth, Indiana and the son of Steve and Myrna Sanders. Deacon Sanders earned a bachelor of science in mathematics from the University of Evansville and a bachelor of sacred theology from the Pontifical University of Saint Thomas Aquinas (Angelicum) in Rome. He is currently pursuing a Licentiate in Canon Law from the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. Before ordination, Deacon Sanders worked as an actuary and was a fellow with the Society of Actuaries. Deacon Sanders will celebrate his Mass of Thanksgiving at Saint Michael Church (3705 Stone Lakes Drive, Louisville) on Sunday, May 28 at 3:00 p.m. After ordination, Deacon Sanders will serve as associate pastor of Saint James Church in Elizabethtown, Ky.
Michael Martin and Casey Sanders will serve as diocesan priests 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.
Media wishing to interview Deacon Martin or Sanders should plan on interviews after the ordination liturgy (at approximately 12:45 to 1:00 p.m.) or contact us for an interview in the days before the ordination.
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