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Kady will be ordained to transitional diaconate Aug. 8

Nearly three months later than initially planned, Scott Kady will finally be ordained to the transitional diaconate for the Archdiocese of Baltimore.

Kady, a native of Piedmont, W.Va., will be ordained to the transitional diaconate by Archbishop William E. Lori Aug. 8 at 10 a.m. at St. Ignatius, Hickory, in Forest Hill. It is the penultimate step on his journey to becoming a priest. A livestream of the ordination will be shared on the Archdiocese of Baltimore’s Facebook page. 

His May 16 ordination was among the many rites postponed by the coronavirus pandemic.

“I’ve had time to pray, contemplate and meditate on this journey that God has set me on,” Kady told the Review Aug. 6. “I am on the right path. I’m doing what I’ve been called to do.”

Kady, 58, was raised Methodist but converted at age 21 to Catholicism across the Potomac River in Maryland, at St. Peter Parish in Westernport, part of what is now Divine Mercy Parish. He spent 28 years working in the oil business, a career that took him to Houston and then Saudi Arabia.

While overseas, Kady visited Rome when he could to experience Benedictine community life. In 2011, he entered St. Bede’s Abbey in Peru, Ill., as a Benedictine postulant. He left Illinois for his family’s home in Maryland, just in time to help care for his mother, Mary Lou, as she died of cancer.

Kady entered St. Mary’s Seminary and University in Baltimore, and has served at the Gallagher Center, a Catholic Charities home in Timonium; St. Ursula in Parkville; the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen in Homeland; Johns Hopkins Hospital-Bayview; in Omaha at the Institute for Priestly Formation and the Franciscan Adult Day Center; and St. Ignatius, Hickory.

He had been assigned to the Harford County parish to help on the weekends during the 2019-20 school year. When the pandemic closed St. Mary’s Seminary in mid-March, Kady went to reside at St. Ignatius. He will return to Baltimore for his final year of studies, while continuing to serve weekends at St. Ignatius.

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