A time of celebration and thanksgiving! Two men will be ordained to the priesthood by Archbishop Smith at St. Joseph's Basilica today, June 27. Mass begins at 7 p.m., and all are welcome. Please keep these dedicated men in your prayers: :

Deacon Kristopher Schmidt

Deacon Kris is a passionate sportsman who once planned to become a doctor. He was born in Slave Lake and raised in St. Albert. the eldest of four children in a devout Catholic family. He was ordained to the diaconate in 2013, and has been serving at St. John the Evangelist Parish and as Assistant Master of Ceremonies for the Archdiocese.

Brother Joachim Ostermann OFM

Brother Joachim professed his solemn vows in the Western Canadian province of the Order of Friars Minor (the Franciscans) in 2013. Before entering the religious life, he graduated with a PhD in biochemistry from the University of Munich and worked as a faculty member in U.S. and Canadian universities and as a manager in the biotechnology industry.