On June 5th, Brendan Joseph Buckler will be ordained to the Transitional Diaconate by the Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge, Bishop of Raleigh, at 10 a.m. in St. Catherine of Siena Church in Wake Forest.
Mr. Buckler was born in Atlanta, Ga., and is the son of Michael and Carol. He has one older brother, Mickey. Mickey and his wife Sara have two children, Patrick and Emily. Both his parents and his brother’s family reside in North Carolina.
Brendan grew up in Atlanta and from there his family moved to St. Louis, Mo., New Jersey and finally North Carolina. In 2001 he graduated from Towson University in Maryland with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Information Systems and a minor in Business Administration. During his university years he had worked during the summers at Centennial Campus at NC State.
“I never really thought of a vocation before college,” Mr. Buckler says. “But in the last years of college I begin engaging more fervently in the spiritual life of the Church, thanks to a good friend and the grace of God. During this period I was discerning marriage and was spending a lot of time in prayer before the Blessed Sacrament. This was when the thoughts of priesthood first interjected into my prayer. Over the next few years the call strengthened and became undeniable. After many discussions with spiritual directors and prayer before the Blessed Sacrament, I embraced the call to priesthood.”
In 2003 he entered formation for the Diocese of Raleigh and completed a pastoral internship year at St. Thomas More in Chapel Hill. In 2004 he attended seminary at the Theological College at Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. After completing Philosophy studies, he took some time off to discern and work. During this time he worked for a contractor for the Department of Defense. He was on the Navy/Marine Corps contract. He got to travel to many of the Marine Corps bases and work with the Marines. He also took some Philosophy classes at the Dominican House of Studies in Washington, D.C.
He reentered formation for the Diocese of Raleigh in 2007 and was sent to St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Philadelphia. After his ordination in June, Deacon Buckler will serve a summer assignment at one of the parishes in the Diocese. In the fall, he will return to Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary for one more academic year while he continues his preparation for the Priesthood.
“The years of formation in the seminary have brought me to a great joy and confidence in the Lord’s will for my life,” he says. “I look forward to my ordination this June with great anticipation and gratitude.”