I will give you shepherds after my own heart.
Jeremiah 3:15

What is the priesthood?


Priesthood is a call to be sacramentally and physically Christ to those around you. Through priests, the mission that Christ entrusted to the apostles and their successors continues in the whole world. While all Christians participate in the priesthood of Jesus Christ, God calls certain men to devote themselves to serving the Church. “The ministerial priesthood is a means by which Christ unceasingly builds up and leads his Church.” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, #1547)

What is the diocesan priesthood?

The majority of priests the average American will encounter are diocesan priests - those priests who have been called and ordained to serve those people under the care of a diocesan bishop, usually in “regular” parish life. Typically, diocesan priests wear black “clerical” clothing and do not wear habits or other special clothing, unlike most priests in a religious order.

Through their ministry in parishes all over the world, diocesan priests are present in many of the pivotal moments of a Catholic’s life. When you go to Sunday Mass – there is a priest. When you want to get married or have a child baptized – you go to see a diocesan priest. When a family member is sick or dying – it is the parish priest who answers the call.

Priests in the Diocese of Steubenville give their lives to help Catholics in this part of Ohio come to know and serve God in a deeper way. Each priest has promised obedience to the current bishop and his successors, which means he will serve in whatever capacity and in whatever location the bishop chooses to send him. They are “arrows” in the quiver of their bishop, to be shot into the community and win souls for Christ, administer the sacraments to those already Catholics and proclaim the Kingdom of Christ.

Dear Mother,
Cover with your maternal mantle those whom Jesus has honored with the authority and dignity of His Priesthood.
— Ven. Mother Catherine Aurelia

These men are currently preparing and studying to be priests for our Diocese right now


Transitional Deacon Nicholas Ginnetti

Home Parish: Christ Our Light in Cambridge

Studying at: Pontifical North American College, Rome

“I have served Mass for the pope.”

“I want to be a priest to follow God’s call, to lay down my life, to fight for the salvation of souls. This is my desire: to be a priest, to be another Christ.”

Favorite Scripture: “I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.” (Jn. 10:10)

Favorite saint quote: “Without work it is impossible to have fun.” – St. Thomas Aquinas

Birthday: December 8

Transitional Deacon Nicholas Ward

Home parish:  Triumph of the Cross in Steubenville

Studying at: Pontifical College Josephinum in Columbus, Ohio

“I enjoy manuscript illumination, illustration, and calligraphy. I’ve done graphic design for the Boy Scouts of America, Historic Fort Steuben, Ohio Chronicles, and the Diocese of Steubenville.”

“I want to be a priest for so many reasons: to offer the mass, to share the beauty of Christ’s love and his words of salvation, to be a servant to the people of my diocese; but mostly because He, in his infinite love, has called me to be a shepherd after His own heart.”

Favorite Scripture: “Beloved, I do not consider that I have made it my own, but this one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the heavenly call of God in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 3:13-14) (It was really hard to pick only one!)

Favorite saint quote: “Far, far from the clergy be the love of novelty!” - Pope St. Pius X

Birthday: October 12


Jeremiah Hahn

Home parish: St. Peter's in Steubenville

Studying at: Sacred Heart Seminary

“I love history. Everyone and everything they find interesting has a story, and I love hearing how theirs fits into the big picture.”

“I want to be a priest to bless people and to work with all the grace of Christ and his sacraments.”

Favorite Scripture: “And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all men to myself." (John 12:32)

Favorite saint quote: “If you are who you are meant to be, you will the set the world on fire." ~ St. Catherine of Siena

Birthday: July 3


Joseph Hahn

Home parish: St. Peter's in Steubenville

Studying at: Sacred Heart Seminary

“I lived and discerned my vocation in Siberia and taught English in Austria between college and seminary.”

“I want to be a priest to bring Christ to those who thirst for him, and to bring souls to the Christ who thirsts for them.”

Favorite Scripture: “…and hope does not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us. " (Romans 5:5)

Favorite saint quote: “I plead with you--never, ever give up on hope, never doubt, never tire, and never become discouraged. Be not afraid." ~ Pope St. John Paul II

Birthday: June 30

Austin Windland

Home parish: St. Paul’s in Athens, OH 

Studying at: Sacred Heart Major Seminary, Detroit, MI

“I studied Biology/Pre-Med as an undergraduate, but now I aim to serve the Great Physician and heal souls. I love to mountain bike and be outdoors and I’m forever a Ford truck guy.”

“I want to be a priest because the Lord has called me and I’ve never found so much peace as in listening to His voice. He has given me a desire after His own Sacred Heart: to offer my life as sacrifice for others.”

Favorite Scripture: “But even if you do suffer for doing what is right, you are blessed. Do not fear what they fear, and do not be intimidated, but in your hearts sanctify Christ as Lord. Always be ready to make your defense to anyone who demands from you an account of the hope that is in you." (1 Peter 3:14-15)

Favorite Saint quote: You have made us for Yourself, O Lord, and our hearts are restless until they rest in You.”  - St. Augustine

Birthday: February 11

Peter Stetson

Home parish: Triumph of the Cross in Steubenville

Studying at: The Pontifical College Josephinum

“I enjoy doing mechanic work on my car, performing magic and hiking.”

“I want to be a priest because I think this is what God wants; so many things in my life have pointed to it and the last three years of seminary have confirmed that it is the right choice.”

Favorite Scripture: “…so that through the church the wisdom of God in its rich variety might now be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly places.” (Ephesians 3-10)

Favorite saint quote: “Be not afraid." ~ Pope St. John Paul II

Birthday: October 21

Brandon O’Nan

Home parish: St. Peter’s in Steubenville

Studying at: The Pontifical College Josephinum

“I enjoy reading, especially anything that has to do with J.R.R. Tolkien.”

“I want to be a priest because of my love for the Mass and prayer.”

Favorite Scripture: “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” (Romans 12:2)

Favorite saint quote: “For when you see the Lord sacrificed, and laid upon the altar, and the priest standing and praying over the victim, and all the worshippers empurpled with that precious blood, can you then think that you are still among men, and standing upon the earth? Are you not, on the contrary, straightway translated to Heaven, and casting out every carnal thought from the soul, do you not with disembodied spirit and pure reason contemplate the things which are in Heaven?" ~ St. John Chrysostom

Birthday: February 7