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January 19, 2013

Methuen, Haverhill men studying for priesthood

Today, Christopher Wallace is celebrating two milestones — he will be ordained as transitional deacon at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross and will celebrate his 30th birthday.

“This is particularly special and exciting because it’s on my birthday,” Wallace said.

Vesting Wallace with his deaconate robe will be Msgr. Francis McGann, pastor of St. Joseph in Needham, where Wallace will serve until May when he is ordained as a priest.

Wallace is one of three men who will be ordained as transitional deacons as they prepare for their ordination to the priesthood in May.

Born and raised in Methuen, Wallace is a 2001 graduate of Methuen High, where he was a member of the debate team and science club.

He received a degree in history from Merrimack College in hopes of becoming a high school teacher.

But, during his senior year at Merrimack, he felt God’s call to the ministry.

“I had a moral conversion in college through praying the Rosary which made me think about the priesthood,” Wallace said.

A member of St. Theresa Church, part of Our Lady of Good Counsel parish, he served as an altar boy.

He also attended cursillo retreat at St. Basil Salvatorian Center in Methuen. While at Merrimack, he brought the Eucharist to the home bound.

In addition to praying the Rosary and going to Eucharistic adoration, he enjoys listening to praise and worship music to strengthen his faith.

“Listening to music is a way to pray without ceasing. The songs that you listen to enable you to take the message to heart and use it as a way of prayer and meditation,” Wallace said.

Wallace is an Eagle Scout and during his spare time enjoys hiking.

“I like being outdoors because you can appreciate God’s gifts of his goodness to us,” he said.

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