ROCKFORD — Two local men will enter into priesthood for the Diocese of Rockford after a ceremony Saturday.
The Sacred Rite of Ordination, an event open to the public, will begin at 11 a.m. on Saturday at the Cathedral of St. Peter, 1243 N. Church St., Rockford. Bishop David Malloy will ordain the Rev. Andrew Dietz of Crystal Lake and the Rev. Jared Twenty of Cary.
Penny Wiegert, director of communication for the 11-county diocese, said the ceremony is held once a year and it's fairly typical to have two people ordained at once.
"God willing, we have an ordination every year of new priests," Wiegert said. "Sometimes it can be one or we've had as many as 11 in recent years."
The first thing both Dietz and Twenty will do post-ordination, she added, is lead a mass. Both will do so Sunday.
Dietz's first mass will start at noon at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church in Crystal Lake while Twenty will lead his first mass at 2:30 p.m. at St. Mary Catholic Church in Huntley.
The two will then go to their parish assignments July 1 — Dietz to St. Patrick Parish in St. Charles as a parochial vicar, and Twenty to Holy Cross Catholic Church in Batavia as a temporary parochial vicar.
Wiegert explained Twenty's assignment is only temporary because he has studies to finish in Rome.
The two candidates will be presented to the bishop by vocation director of the diocese, the Rev. Keith Romke, who said he just went through the ordination ceremony himself three years ago.
"Three years ago the vocation director called me forward and now I get to call these men forward," he said. "It's an exciting day for the diocese and we look forward to seeing the good work that these men will do for the diocese."
Live coverage of the event will be streamed live on the Diocese of Rockford website.