By Katie Chrisman
Bishop Stephen Berg ordained three transitional deacons to the priesthood on June 19 at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in Pueblo. In front of a packed cathedral, Stephen Injoalu, Isaac Kariuki and Carl Wertin laid prostrate during the Litany of Saints, knelt as the Bishop prayed the prayer of ordination, pledged obedience to the Bishop and his successors and had their hands anointed with the sacred chrism.
Reflecting back on his ordination, Father Carl Wertin said, “In the ordination rite the Bishop spoke words that called us to accompany and assist him. These words have been a great source of strength for me as I prepare to serve the church alongside so many,” he said. “Before the ordination I would find myself concerned at times as to how I could answer such a high calling, but these words remind me of the greatness of God and His work in the Church of which I serve as a part.”