The Most Reverend Walker Nickless, bishop of the Diocese of Sioux City will ordain Deacon Patrick Behm into the priesthood Saturday, June 2. The ordination will take place the Cathedral of the Epiphany, 10th and Douglas Streets, Sioux City, Iowa at 10:30 AM. The ceremony is by invitation only.
Behm is a graduate of St. Mary’s High School in Storm Lake. It was while in college at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln that he began to hear that call to the priesthood. Part way through sophomore year he transferred to St. John Vianney College Seminary in St. Paul, Minn. There he earned an undergraduate in philosophy and Catholic studies.
After he completed a year of discernment at St. John Vianney Theological Seminary in Denver, CO, Behm took a year off to discern if he truly had a vocation to the priesthood. He completed his major seminary studies in Denver, graduating on May 7. There Behm earned a Master’s of Divinity and also earned an STB, a Baccalaureate in Sacred Theology from St. John Lateran Pontifical University in Rome, given through St. John’s Vianney Seminary.
“This is the third time since I have been bishop I have had the privilege to ordain a priest into the diocese. We have waited a long time for this ordination. The last was in 2008 when I ordained two men. Sioux City is blessed to have Pat called by God to serve the diocese as a priest,” said Bishop Nickless.
Father Brad Pelzel, director of vocations adds that becoming a priest is a long journey. "It takes a minimum of eight years of study to become a Catholic priest. Pat represents the best of what that process produces. He is bright, talented, compassionate, dedicated and committed. We are so proud of him and his accomplishments.”
The diocese will also hold an hour of prayer with Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, Solemn Vespers and Benediction on Friday, June 1 at 6:00 PM at the Cathedral of the Epiphany in preparation for the ordination. The public is invited to attend.