Ordination to the Diaconate - Congratulations and Prayers!

Stuart Wilson-Smith, C.S.P. is a seminarian studying for the priesthood with the Missionary Society of St. Paul the Apostle (Paulist Fathers). We are delighted to welcome him back for a second year of ministry at St. Matthew’s. Stu made his Final Profession with the Paulists on Friday, September 2 at St. Vincent de Paul Chapel on the campus of the Catholic University of America, and was ordained to the transitional Diaconate on Saturday, September 3 in the Crypt Church of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. He serves his first Mass as deacon and homilist on Sunday, September 4 at St. Matthew’s 11:30am Mass. All are welcome.

Stu was born in Kentville, Nova Scotia, and was raised in the neighbouring Province of New Brunswick. Taking up the drums at age 12, he played in rock bands through his early twenties and eventually formed his own band. After high school, he began working toward a Bachelor’s degree at the University of Toronto, studying history and philosophy. Between his studies he lived and worked in Ireland (2003-05), and backpacked in South and East Africa. After holding jobs in restaurants, security, and musical instrument sales, he discerned a vocation as a missionary priest with the Paulist Fathers, entering the novitiate in 2011.

His ministerial experiences in priestly formation have included hospital chaplaincy, a year of campus ministry, and writing for Busted Halo, an online magazine for young adults in their 20s and 30s. Stu looks forward to continuing in a variety of ministerial opportunities at St. Matthew’s, including service to the Cathedral Young Adults, marriage preparation, and now as Coordinator of “Landings,” a small group ministry for welcoming returning Catholics. He anticipates continuing to be inspired by the richness and holiness in the lives of those who call St. Matthew’s their church home, and those who do not as yet.

Please pray for Stu as he begins his diaconal ministry.