SHAWNEE — The Rev. Simeon Spitz was ordained to the Catholic priesthood during an ordination ceremony during Mass at St. Gregory’s Abbey.
The Most Rev. Paul S. Coakley, archbishop of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City, ordained Spitz during the May 31 ceremony.
The Rev. Lawrence Stasyszen, abbot of St. Gregory’s Abbey, said Simeon “will bring added energy and creativity to the life and works of our community at St. Gregory’s.”
Spitz spent much of his early life in western Oklahoma, near the town of Canute. He attended St. Gregory’s University and completed bachelor’s degrees in political science and philosophy.
Upon graduation, he first considered becoming a diocesan priest and was accepted as a seminarian for the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City. However, after two years of study at St. Charles Seminary in Philadelphia, he discerned that his true vocation was to be at St. Gregory’s Abbey. He made his first profession of vows as a monk of St. Gregory’s Abbey in 2010.