Three men will be ordained transitional deacons for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia on Saturday, May 13 at 10 a.m. in the Chapel of Saint Martin of Tours on Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary’s campus during Mass celebrated by Archbishop Nelson J. Pérez.

All are invited to watch the livestream here on Catholic Philly and on St. Charles Borromeo Seminary’s Facebook page.

After ordination these men will receive assignments at parishes in the archdiocese where they will minister for one year as they complete academic and other formational programs at the seminary prior to their anticipated ordination as priests in May 2024.

The 2023 Transitional Diaconate Ordinandi from the Archdiocese of Philadelphia are:

Bernard O. Ekeagwu is a member of Saint Colman Parish in Ardmore. He moved to the United States in 2018 from Nigeria before entering Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary in 2019 following a year at Villanova University. Bernard is one of eight children and is the son of Sir Patrick C. Ekeagwu and Lady Esther N. Ekeagwu.

Brendan R. Zehner is a member of Saint Luke the Evangelist Parish in Glenside. He entered Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary after studying history at The College of William and Mary in Virginia. A graduate of Ancillae-Assumpta Academy and St. Joseph’s Preparatory School, Brendan has one older brother and is the son of Mark and Peggy Zehner.

Gregory H. Miller is a member of Sacred Heart Parish in Royersford. He entered St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in 2015 — the same year Pope Francis visited Philadelphia. A graduate of Sacred Heart Parish School and Archbishop Carroll High School, Gregory is the youngest of three siblings and is the son of George and Teresa Miller.