Stephen Cieslak
Stephen Cieslak

Archbishop Alexander Sample will ordain two men as transitional deacons for the Archdiocese of Portland Saturday, May 19, 11 a.m. at St. Mary Cathedral.

Both are named Stephen, after an early Christian deacon who was martyred. Neither Stephen Cieslak nor Stephen Kenyon have made plans to follow in their namesake’s end literally, but both will promise to lay down their lives in service to God’s people.

Cieslak, born in St. Louis, moved around as a child until his family settled in Portland in 1994. He attended Archbishop Howard School (now St. Rose School) in Northeast Portland, then went to De La Salle North Catholic High School. He moved on to Boise State University with an ROTC scholarship, and was there for two years before he discerned God’s call to priesthood. He then attended Mount Angel Seminary, graduated in three years, and is currently in his third year of theology at the Pontifical North American College in Rome. He is the second of six siblings, enjoys sports and loves talking about faith. He looks forward to his pastoral year after ordination.

Kenyon, born in 1990 in Taichung, Taiwan, grew up in Taiwan and China, where his parents were serving as Pentecostal missionaries. When he was in high school, his family returned to the United States and moved to Portland where he graduated from Lincoln High School in 2009.

He attended George Fox University in Newberg,preparing to become a math teacher. During his freshman year, he heard God’s call to become a Catholic priest. As a result, he joined the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults at St. Matthew Parish in Hillsboro and became Catholic at the Easter Vigil in 2011. He completed his degree at George Fox in mathematics and philosophy while being involved at St. Peter Parish in Newberg.

In 2013, he entered Mount Angel Seminary. Since then he has served in pastoral assignments at St. Alice Parish in Springfield, Holy Family Parish in Southeast Portland, St. Anthony Parish in Tigard, San Lorenzo Tezonco Parish in Mexico City, Providence St. Peter Hospital in Olympia, Washington, St. Patrick Parish in Canby, and a pastoral year internship at St. Joseph Parish in Salem. 

 

 

 

 

Both are named Stephen, after an early Christian deacon who was martyred. Neither Stephen Cieslak nor Stephen Kenyon have made plans to follow in their namesake’s end literally, but both will promise to lay down their lives in service to God’s people.

Cieslak, born in St. Louis, moved around as a child until his family settled in Portland in 1994. He attended Archbishop Howard School (now St. Rose School) in Northeast Portland, then went to De La Salle North Catholic High School. He moved on to Boise State University with an ROTC scholarship, and was there for two years before he discerned God’s call to priesthood. He then attended Mount Angel Seminary, graduated in three years, and is currently in his third year of theology at the Pontifical North American College in Rome. He is the second of six siblings, enjoys sports and loves talking about faith. He looks forward to his pastoral year after ordination.

Kenyon, born in 1990 in Taichung, Taiwan, grew up in Taiwan and China, where his parents were serving as Pentecostal missionaries. When he was in high school, his family returned to the United States and moved to Portland where he graduated from Lincoln High School in 2009.

He attended George Fox University in Newberg,preparing to become a math teacher. During his freshman year, he heard God’s call to become a Catholic priest. As a result, he joined the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults at St. Matthew Parish in Hillsboro and became Catholic at the Easter Vigil in 2011. He completed his degree at George Fox in mathematics and philosophy while being involved at St. Peter Parish in Newberg.

In 2013, he entered Mount Angel Seminary. Since then he has served in pastoral assignments at St. Alice Parish in Springfield, Holy Family Parish in Southeast Portland, St. Anthony Parish in Tigard, San Lorenzo Tezonco Parish in Mexico City, Providence St. Peter Hospital in Olympia, Washington, St. Patrick Parish in Canby, and a pastoral year internship at St. Joseph Parish in Salem.