St. Michael the Archangel gets transitional deacon

Bishop Richard F. Stika has assigned Deacon Kenneth Ouma Wandera to support Glenmary Father Tom Charters at St. Michael the Archangel Parish in Erwin.

Father Charters is the pastor of St. Michael the Archangel Parish.

Deacon Wandera took his final vows with the Glenmary Home Missioners on June 26 and was ordained to the transitional diaconate in Lafayette, Tenn., on June 27.

He is one of 13 men in formation for the priesthood with the Glenmary Home Missioners, which also serves St. Teresa of Kolkata Parish in Maynardville and St. John Paul II Catholic Mission in Rutledge.

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