Pastor of St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Fairfield Glade formally joins the Diocese of Knoxville
By Bill Brewer
Father Alberto Sescon, pastor of St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Fairfield Glade, is the newest permanent priest in the Diocese of Knoxville.
Father Sescon, who has served as a priest in the diocese for six years, was incardinated — or placed under the jurisdiction of the diocese and Bishop Richard F. Stika during a ceremony at the Chancery on July 14.
Prior to his service in the Diocese of Knoxville, Father Sescon served in the Archdiocese of Detroit for eight years. Originally from Leyte and Cebu City in the Philippines, Father Sescon was excardinated, or released, from the Archdiocese of Cebu.
The youngest of 12 siblings, Father Sescon was ordained a priest on June 5, 1986, at Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral in Cebu City.
“My origin is Leyte, but my home is Cebu,” Father Sescon said following his incardination ceremony that was led by Bishop Stika, with assistance from Deacon Sean Smith, chancellor of the diocese.
“I feel very happy that I am part of the Diocese of Knoxville. It’s like you have a family now, and a home,” he said, adding that it’s very important to belong to the diocese where you serve.
His incardination into the Diocese of Knoxville is an answered prayer for members of St. Francis, where he has been the pastor since July 1, 2014.
“My parishioners have been asking for this. It is very important to them,” he said, noting that he expects to remain in the Diocese of Knoxville for the remainder of his priesthood. “That is the oath that I took, to permanently be here.” ■