Congratulations to Deacon Michael Weitl, originally of St. Patrick Parish in Audubon, who was ordained ot the transitional diaconate at St. Peter's Basilica in Rome on Oct. 3. He is studying for the priesthood for Madonna House in Combermere, Ontario, Canada. A graduate of Creighton University, Deacon Weitl did missionary work in the Dominican Republic and Haiti. He has worked with hospice and nursing home patients and he worked in soup kitchens in Canada. He was ordained by Cardinal James Harvey, archpriest of St. Paul Outside the Walls in Rome. He is in his fourth and final year studying at the Pontifical North American College in Rome and is expected to be ordained a priest on June 21, 2014.