Prof. Matthew Pearson ordained a priest – Madison Catholic Herald

Bishop Donald J. Hying of Madison lays hands on the P. Matthew Pearson during the ordination mass May 27 at St. Maria Goretti Church in Madison. (Catholic Herald photo/Kevin Wondrash)

MADISON— As early evening sunlight shone into St. Maria Goretti Church in Madison on May 27, the Diocese of Madison was honored with its latest blessing – a new priest.

Prof. Matthew Pearson is the new in persona Christi of the diocese.

During the Ordination Mass, Bishop Donald J. Hying of Madison laid hands on the young man and instilled in him the duty and gifts with which to lead souls to heaven.

The son of Janelle and John, priest-son of St. Patrick Parish in Doylestown, Father Pearson will soon be ministering to the communities of St. John Vianney Parish and Nativity of Mary Parish, both in Janesville.

He will also continue his studies at the Pontifical Faculty of Theology at the University of St. Mary of the Lake, more than 70 miles from Janesville, in Mundelein, Illinois.

Serve as a priest

Prior to his ordination, Father Pearson reflected on his vocational journey saying, “My overall experience revolves around total fidelity and God’s providential care. He never abandoned me. . . As I prepare to take on this great responsibility, I hope to carry with me that trust in God’s care for each of us.

He added, “At the heart of the priesthood is a sacrificial care for the sacraments of the Church in order to save souls. God never abandons us. This is seen most clearly through the Holy Eucharist in the celebration of Holy Mass. This precious prayer of the Church will be the heart of my priesthood.

“I also look forward to hearing confessions and reconciling sinners to God’s undying love and mercy.”

During his homily at the Ordination Mass, Bishop Hying said, “The whole diocese rejoices with you in this supreme moment of grace.

“You join the ranks of the presbyterium which extends to the Apostles on Holy Thursday evening and goes to the end of the world.

“You join notables like St. John Vianney, whose humble parish work converted thousands of souls following the chaos of the French Revolution.”

Bishop Hying added, “You join the ranks of our presbyterium here in the Diocese of Madison – these priests, these men, whom we love and are grateful for and for whom we pray and administer the sacraments and preach the Gospel.” .

Mass and rites

During the ordination rites, Father Pearson was invested by the father. Garrett Kau, current pastor of St. John the Evangelist Parish in Spring Green and St. Luke Parish in Plain.

Father Kau was the former pastor of St. Patrick’s Parish in Doylestown.

Family members Stephanie Pearson, Evelyn Pearson and Tyler Zacho served as gift bearers.

Concelebrating the mass, Fr. Luke Strand, vice-rector of St. Francis de Sales Seminary in St. Francis, Wis., and Fr. Raúl Gómez-Ruiz, SDS, rector of Sacred Heart Seminary and School of Divinity in Hales Corners, Wis., as well as priests from the Diocese of Madison.

Seminarians Ryan Ruhle and Brad Grobbel served as lectors and new transitional deacon Simon Tipps served as deacon of the Word.

Words of thanks

During the Mass, Bishop Hying thanked Fr. Greg Ihm, Diocesan Vocation Director, for all the work he has done for nearly a decade to help so many men become new priests.

Taking the position of pastor at St. Mary’s Parish in Bloomington, St. Charles Borromeo Parish in Cassville, St. John’s Parish in Patch Grove and St. Mary’s Help of Christians Parish in Glen Haven, Fr. leaves the direction of the office of vocations.

Prof. Jared Holzhuter will assume the role of vocations director next month while remaining pastor of St. Olaf Parish in DeForest and St. Joseph Parish in East Bristol.

Music in memory

The music ministry was provided by the Madison Diocesan Choir and Diocesan Schola under the direction of Andrew Kreigh with Glenn Schuster as organist.

The musical setting for the Mass’ gospel acclamation and closing hymn was commissioned “in loving memory of Dr. Patrick Gorman” – the longtime director of the Madison Diocesan Choir and Worship Office diocesan who died last year.