Two will be ordained to the priesthood for diocese at cathedral Mass on May 29

The two men to be ordained to the priesthood on May 29 at pictured in the churches of their home parishes. Deacon Austin Bosse is in St. Matthew Church, Champaign, while Deacon Nicolas Wilson is in St. Jude Church, Peoria. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

Two men will be ordained priests of the Diocese of Peoria by Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, during an Ordination Mass at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 29, at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria.

The ordinands and their home parishes are:

  • Deacon Austin Bosse, 34, of St. Matthew Parish in Champaign, and
  • Deacon Nicolas Wilson, 26, of St. Jude Parish, Peoria.

Because of COVID-19 pandemic protocols, the Mass and reception to follow are by invitation only. In addition to Bishop Jenky, Coadjutor Bishop Louis Tylka, and the priests of the Peoria Diocese, each of the ordinands will be joined by 50 of their invited guests.

The Mass will be livestreamed at the Diocese of Peoria’s website,, as well as the diocese’s Facebook site.

Profiles of the ordinands are found here:    Deacon Austin Bosse     Deacon Nicolas Wilson


The chalices to be used by Deacon Bosse and Deacon Wilson in their priesthood will be consecrated during a Vigil for the Ordination at 7:15 p.m. on Friday, May 28, at the cathedral. The chalices will be presented by their parents — J.R. and Rosie Bosse of Onaga, Kansas, and Richard and Lori Wilson of Dunlap. The evening will also include exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and the Litany of Jesus Christ the High Priest.

Deacon Bosse’s vesting priest at the Ordination Mass will be Father Matthew Hoelscher. He will celebrate his first Mass at St. Matthew Church in Champaign at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, May 30. Msgr. Anthony Frontiero, vice rector at Mount St. Mary’s Seminary in Emmitsburg, Maryland, is the scheduled homilist.

Deacon Wilson’s vesting priest will be Msgr. Stanley Deptula. He will celebrate his first Mass at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 30, at St. Mary’s Cathedral. Father Patrick Henehan, diocesan vocations director of formation and pastor of St. Jude Parish, Peoria, will be homilist.

First assignments for the newly ordained will be announced after the Ordination Mass and will be published in the next edition of The Catholic Post.

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