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Two men to be ordained deacons

Tuesday, June 04, 2019 - Updated: 3:37 pm

Pittsburgh Catholic Staff Report

Two men will be ordained deacons for the Diocese of Pittsburgh during a Mass at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 8, at Mary, Mother of Hope Church in New Castle.

Michael Faix of Corpus Christi Parish in McKeesport and C. Matthew Hawkins of St. Paul Cathedral Parish in Pittsburgh’s Oakland neighborhood are set to become transitional deacons at the liturgy. Bishop David Zubik will preside.

Faix, 31, is the son of Jeffrey and JoAnn Faix. He has one older brother, Matthew, who is married.

He attended White Oak Elementary School and Francis McClure Middle School, both in White Oak, and McKeesport Area High School. Faix then attended Allegheny College in Meadville, where he graduated in May 2010 with a bachelor’s degree in physics and a minor in music performance.

Faix’s most recent employment was as a team supervisor for NET Ministries in West St. Paul, Minnesota.

In fall 2013, he was accepted into the priestly formation program to begin pre-theology studies at St. Paul Seminary and Duquesne University. In May 2015, he finished his second year.

In August 2015, Faix was assigned to theological studies at St. Vincent Seminary in Latrobe, and finished his second year in May 2017.

In summer 2016, he participated in the seminarian program of the Institute for Priestly Formation at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska.

In June 2017, Faix began a pastoral year assignment at St. Margaret Mary Parish in Moon Township. In fall 2018, he returned to St. Vincent Seminary for a third year of theological studies.

Hawkins, 62, is the son of Alexander Sr. and Mabel Hawkins. He has one older brother, Alexander Jr.

He attended Lemington Grade School and St. Paul Cathedral Grade School, both in Pittsburgh, before graduating from Churchill Area High School. Hawkins graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 1986 and received a master’s in applied history from Carnegie Mellon University in 1994.

His most recent employment was as director of the literacy center and teacher at Imani Christian Academy in Pittsburgh.

In fall 2014, Hawkins was accepted into the priestly formation program to begin pre-theology studies at St. Paul Seminary and Duquesne University. In May 2015, he finished his first year.

Hawkins was assigned to St. Mary’s Seminary in Baltimore to begin theological studies in August 2015 and finished his second year in May 2017.

In summer 2016, he participated in the seminarian program of the Institute for Priestly Formation at Creighton University.

In June 2017, Hawkins began a pastoral year assignment at the parishes of St. Joseph the Worker, Mary, Mother of Hope, St. Vincent de Paul and St. Vitus in New Castle. In fall 2018, he returned to St. Mary’s Seminary for a third year of theological studies.

Their priestly ordination is scheduled for June 2020.


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