Lukasz Kopala, Thomas M. Mahoney and Daniel Ehijiator Ogbeifun all will move one step closer to the priesthood on Saturday, Sept. 27, when Bishop Richard J. Malone ordains them transitional deacons for the Diocese of Buffalo. The ordination will take place at St. Joseph Cathedral, 50 Franklin St., Buffalo, at 10 a.m. The three men, students at Christ the King Seminary, East Aurora, will graduate in May 2015 and will later be ordained to the priesthood.
Although the men’s desire to become priests is a common thread amongst them, their backgrounds are dissimilar. They come from different countries and their ages range from 34 to 49.
Kopala, the second of three sons born to Alfred and Zofia, was raised in a very religious and family-centered home in a small village in the south of Poland. He thought about the priesthood when he was an altar boy but it wasn’t until much later in life when he realized God had special plans for him.
“I seriously started thinking about the priesthood when I attended college,” the 34-year-old said. “I was very anxious during this time and constantly asked God what he wanted from me and to lead me in the direction he wanted me to go.” Kopala explained that once he put his faith and trust in God, and followed the plan God had for him, his situation changed. “Joy and peace entered my heart and my doubts had disappeared. I had a turning point. Since then,” he said, “I no longer thought of anything else but pursuing my call to priesthood and staying faithful.” read more...