Father and son deacons share spiritual bond

By Dan Russo

Witness Editor

HIAWATHA — Deacons Stan and Andy Upah share a unique spiritual bond as a father and son who are both members of the Catholic clergy.

Deacon Stan, who was ordained to the permanent diaconate July 15 at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church in Hiawatha with 10 other men, had the opportunity to witness his son Andy assist Archbishop Michael Jackels at the altar during the liturgy. That’s because Andy is a “transitional” deacon. Having been ordained to the diaconate in 2017, “transitional” deacons like Andy are unmarried men who continue in formation for an additional year before being ordained to the priesthood.

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