A native of Nigeria and a father of two are among the four men who will be ordained transitional deacons on Saturday, Sept. 19, at St. Joseph Cathedral, 50 Franklin St., Buffalo. Through the imposition of hands and the invocation of the Holy Spirit, Bishop Richard J. Malone will ordain Venatius Ifeyichukwu Agbasiere, Michael K. Brown, Samuel T. Giangreco Jr. and Michael LaMarca at a special 10 a.m. Mass as the seminarians move one step closer to becoming priests.
Agbasiere, one of seven children, came to the Buffalo from Nigeria where he began his studies for the priesthood, said he feels God brought him to the diocese.
“I also believe,” he said, “that God has a mission for me in Buffalo, the mission to spread love, to show compassion, to share the joy of Christ, to be there for the hurting, those in pain, the suffering, the sick, the poor, those who live on the margins, the oppressed and the downtrodden, to be a listening, supporting, comforting and encouraging presence to people, to inspire faith, to promote the new evangelization, to welcome all into one fold of the church with Christ as its shepherd and to initiate a deeper appreciation of our faith within the community under the pastoral leadership and governance of my bishop and the fraternal collaboration and partnership of brother priests, in unity with the permanent diaconate community together with the religious men and women of the diocese.”
Brown, the father of two adults sons, entered the seminary following more than 24 years in United States intelligence in national security positions as an agent, investigator and in quality assurance and management.
Born and raised in Buffalo, he graduated from South Park High School and Canisius College. Brown also taught middle school math and religious education at various parishes. But, he explained, the most difficult part of his life’s journey has been being away from his children, Justin and Robert.
In reflecting on his journey toward the priesthood, Brown said, “If you are open to the Lord, you never know where your life journey will take you. I have to believe the Lord is with my every step through life and being open to his spirit, his plan will continue to unfold.” read more...