Local deacon assists Pope with Christmas Mass

Updated: 12/25/2013 5:25 PM
Created: 12/25/2013 10:57 AM WHEC.com

A Rochester-area clergyman was in Italy this Christmas assisting Pope Francis in the traditional midnight mass.

Peter Van Lieshout, of Livonia, chant the gospel in Latin as he served as one of the deacons during the televised mass. The Livonia native trained during his pastoral year at Our Lady of Peace Parish in Geneva. He is finishing his theological studies in Rome.

Van Lieshout recently said he looks forward to being able to teach others about his faith when he is ordained as a priest this coming June.


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