NEW ULM - With family and friends, and the priests of the New Ulm Diocese looking on, Deacon Zachary D. Peterson was ordained a priest in the Catholic Church on Saturday.
The ordination took place at the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity. Bishop John M. LeVoir performed the ordination rite, while Archbishop John M. Nienstedt of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis looked on.
The new Fr. Peterson is the son of Dean and Doreen Peterson of Marshall.
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Bishop John M. LeVoir, head of the Catholic Diocese of New Ulm, lays his hands on the head of Deacon Zachary D. Peterson, ordaining him into the priesthood for the Diocese. The ordination took place Saturday morning at the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity.
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During the ordination ceremony, Peterson received the order of priesthood from Bishop LeVoir when the bishop laid his hands on Peterson's head. The other priests of the New Ulm Diocese, all in attendance, also laid their hands on Peterson's head, and later embraced him one by one as they welcomed him into the priesthood.
Peterson is a 1997 graduate of Marshall Senior High School. He attended Southwest Minnesota State University, Marshall, graduating with a degree in elementary education in 2002. Following college and prior to entering the seminary, he was employed by the Echo Charter School in Echo.
He received his training in philosophy from Cardinal Muench Seminary in Fargo, N.D., and for the past four years has been studying theology at St. Meinrad School of Theology in Indiana.
On Nov. 7, 2009, he was ordained a deacon at his home parish of the Church of the Holy Redeemer in Marshall by Bishop LeVoir. For 2009-2010 academic year, he interned at the Church of St. Mary in Sleepy Eye and taught at St. Mary's School.
Following his ordination, Fr. Peterson will serve as associate pastor at the Church of St. Anastasia in Hutchinson and the Church of St. Boniface in Stewart.
He will return to Marshall today to say his first Mass.