Priestly Ordination LIVE Broadcast
May 15 @ 10:00 am
AM 1260 The Rock will broadcast the priesthood ordination on Saturday May 15th at 10 AM. Dick Russ and Fr. Doug Brown will co-host this event. For more information visit the Diocese website here.
Those being ordained on May 15th
Deacon Alex Clark is the 2nd oldest old of 6 and from Akron. His home parish is St.
Francis de Sales, Akron. Currently, he is assigned to Communion of Saints Parish in
Cleveland Heights. He also had the great gift of serving a Pastoral Internship year at St.
Joseph Parish in Avon Lake. Prior to entering the seminary, he studied Network
Engineering at The University of Akron. However, he finally responded to our patient
Lord's invitation to discern the priesthood in 2013 he entered Borromeo Undergraduate
Seminary and continued on to St. Mary Graduate Seminary, both of which are in
Cleveland. He is so grateful for God’s invitation to discern and, God willing, look forward
to Priestly Ordination in May. Father Alex Clark will be assigned as a parochial
vicar at St. John Vianney Parish in Mentor.
Deacon Alex Spenik was born in the Akron Area. His home parish is Mother of
Sorrows in Peninsula and graduated Woodridge High School in 2012. That same year,
he joined the seminary immediately following high school and graduated from John
Carroll University and Borromeo Seminary in 2016. Following his graduation from
college, Alex was accepted to St. Mary Seminary and Graduate School of Theology. He
has ministered in several parishes including Ss. Robert and William in Euclid, St. John
Vianney in Mentor and currently he is assigned at St. Mary in Painesville. Fluent in
Spanish, Alex has lived and worked in our Cleveland Diocesan Mission in El Salvador
and greatly enjoys accompanying migrants and refugees through the immigration and
asylum process here in the United States through his work with Catholic Charities
Migration and Refugee Services. Particularly oriented towards those on the margins,
Alex has loved working with the various Hispanic communities in the Cleveland Area.
Father Alex Spenik will be assigned as a parochial vicar at St. Mary Parish in
Deacon Cameron Popik is from a family of ten children from Strongsville, Ohio. His
home parish is Saint Adalbert Parish in Berea, Ohio. After graduating from Ave Maria
University in 2014 and working for one year, his discernment of God’s will in his life
brought him to Saint Mary’s Seminary to continue to discern, while studying Philosophy
in the Pre-Theology program and then Theology. Deacon Cameron spent time at Saint
Raphael Parish in Bay Village as a seminarian-intern. He now serves at Saint Anselm
Parish in Chesterland as a transitional deacon. Father Cameron Popik will be
assigned as a parochial vicar at St. Hilary Parish in Fairlawn.
Deacon James Winings, 31-year old Cleveland native, youngest of three. I grew up on
the East side (Shaker Heights and Beachwood), and attended St. Dominic School from
pre-school through 8th grade. Attended St. Ignatius High and began considering
priesthood my senior year at the suggestion of Fr. Frank Canfield, SJ. But seminary was
not yet in the cards. I ended up attending Loyola University Chicago and studied both
History and Economics. I also participated in the school’s cross country and track
programs. Throughout college, question of priesthood occasionally resurfaced as I
thought about the meaning and purpose of my life. After graduating, I moved back to Cleveland and quickly found a job working in sales at McMaster-Carr, an industrial
supply company. I continued to live a pretty common bachelor lifestyle: working,
running, and going out on the weekend with my friends hoping to find a future wife. At
the same time, going to Mass every weekend and feeling an inconsistency between my
faith in Christ and the way that I was living. The question of priesthood would frequently
resurface. I was afraid of what people would think. I thought people didn’t like the
Catholic Church or priests, the fear of being perceived as privileged or as having
everything handed to me on a plate was real. But stronger was the sense of the
brokenness of the world around me, and somehow the thought of giving everything up,
to be a sign that you don’t need much to find happiness in life. Voluntarily taking on my
share of suffering: through celibacy, simplicity of life, obedience … and helping others to
discover freedom in this, I felt this to be my calling, to bring people to Jesus. When I
made the decision to enter seminary, it was like a huge weight was lifted off my
shoulders. And now what a joy it is that the Church and the Bishop have ratified this
calling! Look forward to speaking next week! Father James Winings will be assigned
as a parochial vicar at St. Raphael in Bay Village.