Bishop John M. D’Arcy will ordain two young men as deacons in the Roman Catholic Church on Saturday, January 8, 2005, at 11:00 a.m. in the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Fort Wayne.
Following the ordination Mass, a reception will be held at St. Mary’s Parish Msgr. Oechtering Hall, 1101 South Lafayette Street.
Ordination to the diaconate is the final step toward becoming a priest. Both young men are from the Fort Wayne area and attend Pontifical College Josephinum in Columbus, Ohio. They are David Ruppert, of Huntington, and Anthony Steinacker, of Fort Wayne.
Ruppert is the oldest of three children of David and Carolyn Ruppert. He has a brother, Christopher, and a sister, Lisa. While he was growing up, Ruppert was a parishioner of Sts. Peter & Paul Parish, Huntington, and graduated from Huntington North High School. He attended Tri-State University, Angola, where he earned a bachelor of science degree in computer science, and the University of Saint Francis, Fort Wayne, where he received a bachelor of arts degree in religious studies. Before he entered St. John’s Seminary in Boston in 2000, Ruppert was a member of the Most Precious Blood Parish in Fort Wayne and was employed by GTE as a computer programmer.
Steinacker, the son of James J. and Mary A. Schmitt, of Fort Wayne, is the youngest of six children: George, Jeffery, Stephen, Andrew, Angela and Tony. The family attends St. John the Baptist Parish, Fort Wayne. Steinacker’s uncle is Fr. Adam Schmitt, a retired priest in residence at St. Joseph Parish, Fort Wayne.
Steinacker graduated from St. John the Baptist Elementary School and Bishop Luers High School. He attended Ivy Tech and graduated from St. John’s Seminary College in Boston. Before entering the seminary in 1997, Steinacker was employed at Scott’s Food in Fort Wayne.
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