David M. Tedesche, a Diocese of Rochester seminarian, was among 33 men ordained to the transitional diaconate at the Pontifical North American College in Rome Oct. 4, 2012. Tedesche, an Ontario, Wayne County native, is to be ordained a priest of the Rochester Diocese in June 2013.

David M. Tedesche, a Diocese of Rochester seminarian, was among 33 men ordained to the transitional diaconate at the Pontifical North American College in Rome Oct. 4, 2012. Tedesche, an Ontario, Wayne County native, is to be ordained a priest of the Rochester Diocese in June 2013.

Archbishop of Newark, John J. Myers, a 1967 alumnus of the Pontifical North American College, celebrated the ordination Mass.

The new deacons will have an additional year of theological studies and spiritual formation before being ordained to the priesthood.

As part of the ordination rite, the Archbishop placed the Book of the Gospels in the hands of each candidate being ordained and said, “Receive the Gospel of Christ, whose herald you have become.  Believe what you read, teach what you believe, and practice what you teach.”

The Pontifical North American College serves as the American seminary in Rome. Founded in 1859 by Blessed Pius IX, the college has formed over 5000 priests near the heart of the Church for service in dioceses around the United States, Canada, and Australia. The College strengthens the bonds between Rome and local Churches worldwide, and it allows its students to study the Church’s rich religious and cultural heritage at close range.

Tedesche earned his undergraduate degree in English and a master's degree in philosophy from SUNY Albany.

"My journey to the priesthood thus far has been an incredible adventure in which I have discovered ever more deeply and fully the goodness and greatness of God," he said. "I can't wait to be a priest and to bring the hope and goodness and love of God to others back home in the Diocese of Rochester."