HOUSTON – Deacon Luke Reese will be ordained to the priesthood on Wednesday, June 29 at 7 p.m. at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Walsingham in Houston. The public is invited to attend the Mass of Ordination.
Deacon Reese, 47, began his journey to the Church long before becoming Catholic in April 2012.
In 2007, after prior years of prayer, he and his family discerned a call to become Catholic. At the time, as members of the Anglican Church of America, the Reeses were part of an 18-member congregation that was privately meeting to consider converting to Catholicism. In 2009, Pope Benedict XVI promulgated the apostolic constitution, Anglicanorum coetibus, which formally provided a way for Anglican communities to be received into the Catholic Church.
Deacon Reese – then an Anglican priest – contacted the Archdiocese of Indianapolis to discuss his congregation’s desire to be received as a group into the Church. He and the other members of his faith community became Catholic at the Easter Vigil at the Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul in Indianapolis in 2012.
Fittingly, Deacon Reese will be ordained a priest on the feast of Saints Peter and Paul in Houston.
“I sometimes find myself overcome with gratitude towards the Holy Father for the gift he gave us in the elegant words of Anglicanorum coetibus,” Deacon Reese said. “The humility and kindness he showed to us, who were not even directly of his fold, showed him to be a shepherd in imitation of his Lord, the Good Shepherd.”
He will be assigned to serve at St. Joseph of Arimathea, the Ordinariate’s sole community in Indianapolis. The Ordinariate community has Mass at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Indianapolis, where Ordinariate members are also involved with the local parish’s music program, Knights of Columbus chapter and parish council.
Deacon Reese currently serves as Music Director and Assistant to the pastor at Holy Rosary Catholic Church. He earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in music from Butler University and recently completed a Master’s in Pastoral Theology from Saint Meinrad Seminary in Indiana.
The Most Rev. Steven J. Lopes, Bishop of the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter, will ordain Deacon Reese to the priesthood on June 29. Deacon Reese’s first Mass of Thanksgiving will be at noon at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Walsingham in Houston on June 30. His first Mass in Indianapolis will be at 11:30 a.m. at Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary Church on July 3.
Deacon Reese and his wife, Gina, have been married 24 years and have seven children.