We are pleased to announce that two men who are studying for the diocesan priesthood at St. Joseph Seminary will be ordained as transitional deacons by Archbishop Richard Smith this summer. 

The transitional diaconate is the last phase of formation for a seminarian. As an ordained deacon, he can baptize, witness marriages, preside at funeral services outside of Mass, and preach the homily at Mass.

Curtis Berube and JD Carmichael are both avid outdoorsmen, and both have spent the last year in parishes on pastoral internship.

Curtis Berube, 26, was born in Sherwood Park, the second oldest of 11 children.

He was homeschooled through Grade 12 before beginning his vocational discernment journey. His passions include sports, fishing, camping and reading, and he lists St. Jean Vianney, the patron of parish priests, as his favourite saint.

Curtis has spent the last year on a pastoral internship at St. Anthony Parish in Lloydminster.

JD Carmichael hails from Rocky Mountain House. He is the younger of two boys in the family and graduated from Archbishop Jordan High School in Sherwood Park. After graduation from University of Alberta, he was working as an environmental analyst with an oil and gas company and dreamed of one day owning a farm. But he eventually answered a different call and entered St. Joseph Seminary in 2013. JD loves the outdoors and is known for his hunting prowess. His favourite saint is St. Joseph, patron of the Archdiocese of Edmonton.

JD has spent the last year on a pastoral internship at the twin parishes of St. Anthony/St. Agnes in Edmonton.

The Mass of Ordination will take place at St. Joseph Basilica on Thursday, June 27, beginning at 7 p.m. 

All are welcome to attend the celebration and give thanks and praise to God for these vocations. Please keep Curtis and JD in your prayers!