Blessings and congratulations to Deacon Dominic Couturier and Deacon Daniel Orris Jr. who were ordained to the Order of Deacons by Bishop Walkowiak May 18 at the Cathedral of Saint Andrew!

In addition, we look forward with great anticipation to the upcoming Presbyteral ordination on June 1 when our diocese will receive two new priests (see details below). The public is invited to attend.

Please pray for our seminarians, including the newly ordained men and those preparing for ordination, as they continue to respond to the call to serve the Lord and his people.

Ordination to the Order of Deacons – Saturday, May 18 at 10 a.m.

On Saturday, May 18, Bishop Walkowiak ordained Dominic Couturier and Daniel Orris Jr. to the Order of Deacons at the Cathedral of Saint Andrew. Learn more about them below.

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Deacon Dominic T. Couturier, 40, is the son of Thomas and Roberta Couturier. He has five siblings: Jonathan, Nathan, Jacob, Monique and Mark. He is a member of Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish in Grand Rapids and grew up in Greenville where he attended St. Charles Borromeo Parish. He attended Davenport University and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in 2004. He worked at Couturier Iron Craft Inc. before entering the seminary in 2014.

Deacon Dominic will begin his final year of seminary studies and formation at the University of Saint Mary of the Lake/Mundelein Seminary in Mundelein, Illinois, this fall and will receive his Master of Divinity in spring 2020. He completed his pastoral internship at St. Francis de Sales Parish in Norton Shores and St. Michael the Archangel Parish in Muskegon, under the mentorship of Father Charles Hall.


Deacon Daniel R. Orris Jr., 28, is the son of Daniel and Bernadine Orris. He has three siblings: Patti (Keith) Patterson, Nancy, and Jill (Mark) Dodds. He is a member of St. Dominic Parish in Wyoming, now merged with the Shrine of St. Francis Xavier and Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish in Grand Rapids. He attended Kelloggsville High School and Aquinas College, where he received a bachelor’s degree in 2014.

Deacon Daniel will enter his final year of seminary at the University of Saint Mary of the Lake/Mundelein Seminary in Mundelein, Illinois, this fall and will receive his Master of Divinity in spring 2020. He completed his pastoral internship at Our Lady of Consolation Parish in Rockford, under the mentorship of Father Anthony Russo.

Ordination to the Order of Presbyterate – Saturday, June 1 at 10 a.m.

On Saturday, June 1, Bishop Walkowiak will ordain Deacon Andrew Ayers and Deacon Robert Mulderink to the priesthood at the Cathedral of Saint Andrew. Learn more about them below.

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Deacon Andrew M. Ayers, 26, is the son of Steven Ayers and Dori Ayers. His siblings are Hilary Nawrocki and Thomas Ayers. He is a member of St. Thomas the Apostle Parish in Grand Rapids, where he and his family entered the Catholic Church and where he attended grade school. He graduated from Catholic Central High School in Grand Rapids in 2011. He then attended St. John Vianney College Seminary at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota, where he received a bachelor’s degree in 2015. He received his Master of Divinity and a baccalaureate in sacred theology from the University of Saint Mary of the Lake/Mundelein Seminary, Mundelein, Illinois, in spring 2019. He completed his pastoral internship at Our Lady of Consolation Parish in Rockford, under the supervision of Father Anthony Russo. He was ordained a transitional deacon on May 12, 2018.

Father Andrew will celebrate a Mass of Thanksgiving at 11 a.m. on Sunday, June 2, at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church, 1449 Wilcox Park Dr., Grand Rapids.


Deacon Robert C. Mulderink, 25, is the son of Robert and Kathryn Mulderink of St. Luke University Parish, Georgetown Township. He has six siblings: Clare, Benedict, Emma, Rachel, Luke and Samuel. He was home-schooled through the 12th grade, then entered Saint John Vianney College Seminary at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota, where he received a bachelor’s degree in 2015. He received his Master of Divinity and a baccalaureate in sacred theology from the University of Saint Mary of the Lake/Mundelein Seminary, Mundelein, Illinois, in spring 2019. He completed his pastoral internship at Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish in Belmont, under the supervision of Father Anthony Pelak. He was ordained a transitional deacon on May 12, 2018.

Father Rob will celebrate a Mass of Thanksgiving at 1 p.m. on Sunday, June 2, at St. Luke University Catholic Church, 10144 42nd Ave., Georgetown Township, Michigan.

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