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Matthew Kane to be ordained a transitional deacon Dec. 22

12/03/2021 | Comments

COLORADO SPRINGS. Matthew Kane, a seminarian for the Diocese of Colorado Springs who recently completed his theology studies at Mount St. Mary’s Seminary in Emmitsburg, Maryland, will be ordained a transitional deacon by Bishop James Golka on Dec. 22 at St. Mary’s Cathedral.

Kane is a Denver native who moved to Castle Pines as a teenager and graduated from Rock Canyon High School in Highlands Ranch. He is one of eight siblings, five of whom are adopted from China. He has been a parishioner at both Pax Christi Parish in Littleton and St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Castle Rock.

“I was confirmed at St. Francis and Father Brad Noonan was my first spiritual director, and that’s what kind of shifted me towards St. Francis,” he said. Kane said that a pivotal moment in discerning his vocation to the priesthood came shortly after he attended World Youth Day in Madrid in 2011.

“After I got back from the trip, I was outside my house in Castle Pines enjoying the morning air, when all of a sudden I experienced a voice strike me and say, ‘Matthew, you’re going to be a priest.’ And it was the most happy, joyful, peaceful, exciting moment of my life,” he said.

However, his parents were not in favor of him entering seminary at that point, so he attended local colleges for two years. During that time, he began receiving spiritual direction from Father Gus Stewart, who was then serving as pastor of Ave Maria Parish in Parker.

“He really helped me through those two years of college. He has a real charism for getting to know seminarians and helping them through discernment,” Kane said.

His mother, who was not Catholic at the time, accompanied him on a visit to St. Gregory the Great College Seminary in Seward, Nebraska and experienced a change of heart, so Kane entered seminary the following year.

“My mom recounts that when she went with me to visit St. Gregory’s, she just felt an overwhelming peace that ‘this is where Matthew belongs,’” he said. “It was all part of God’s plan, because my mom was baptized last year and received into the Catholic Church. She’s my biggest supporter now. I later found out that my Dad always knew I was going to become a priest but remained silent.”

Although Kane initially experienced some homesickness after moving to Nebraska, he said that he has thoroughly enjoyed his eight years of seminary studies.

“It provided the best fraternity I’ve ever experienced in my life,” he said. “I think seminary is good at showing the Catholic priesthood’s fraternity in its glory. One of the benefits of being at Mount St. Mary’s is the fact that we are removed from home and we get to experience the Church in another area of the country.”

As he awaits his diaconal ordination, Kane is assisting at St. Joseph Parish in Colorado Springs and is once again under the direction of Father Stewart, who is now pastor there. On weekdays he also teaches religion to middle schoolers at St. Paul School.

“I love the kids, they’re fantastic,” he said. “It’s really fostering that spiritual fatherly heart. I really look upon these kids as my future spiritual children, and it’s wonderful.

Kane is scheduled to be ordained to the priesthood along with Deacon Will Dwayer on June 11, 2022.

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