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Bishop John M. D’Arcy ordained Deacon David Ruppert, of Huntington, to the priesthood of the Roman Catholic Church on Saturday, October 29, at 11:00 a.m. in the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in downtown Fort Wayne.

Following the ordination Mass, the congregation was invited to a reception luncheon held at the nearby Grand Wayne Center.

Parishioners of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish, Fort Wayne, gathered on Thursday, October 27, for a Holy Hour beginning at 7:00 p.m. to pray for Deacon Ruppert prior to his ordination to the priesthood.

The newly ordained Fr. Ruppert celebrated his first Mass on Sunday, October 30, at 10:30 a.m. at his home parish, Sts. Peter & Paul, Huntington. He also celebrated a Mass of Thanksgiving on October 30 at 5:00 p.m. at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish, Fort Wayne.

Deacon Ruppert is the oldest of three children of David and Carolyn Ruppet. He has a brother, Chris, 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, Deacon Ruppert was a member of Most Precious Blood Parish in Fort Wayne and was employed by GTE as a computer programmer.

Deacon Ruppert completed his theological studies for the priesthood at Pontifical College Josephinum in Columbus, Ohio, and on January 8, 2005, was ordained a transitional deacon in the Cathedral. Since that time he has been ministering at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish in Fort Wayne.

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