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Local men to be ordained Saturday

Friday, June 13, 2014 - Updated: 9:58 AM

ALBANY -- Two area men will be ordained as priests in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany this Saturday at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Albany.

Albany Bishop Edward B. Scharfenberger will officiate at his first priestly ordination as bishop.

The ceremony is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Cathedral at Eagle Street and Madison Avenue.

A large number of family, friends, clergy and religious are expected to witness the ordination of James Davis of Edinburg and Brian Slezak of Rotterdam Junction.

Davis, 60, retired from teaching special education at a junior high school in Harlem about four years ago, and resides at his family's home in Edinburg, Saratoga County, where his father had retired to some years ago.

It was shortly thereafter that he entered the seminary, responding to a calling that perhaps had its roots going back almost 30 years when he helped bring a student of his out of a life-threatening coma, and then shortly thereafter participated in the then 12-year old boy's first Holy Communion.

"The boy's mother thought I would make a good priest," he said.

Celebrating with him on Saturday will be his father James J. Davis Jr., who will turn 89 on the same day, now of Springfield, Fla., and his wife Janet, brothers Bob of Vienna, Va., Brian of Medina, Ohio, sister Mary of Warwick, their spouses and other family members.

Slezak, 30, is a parishioner at St. Margaret of Cortona in Rotterdam Junction, a graduate of Bishop Gibbons High School, and the College of Saint Rose, and has graduated from the University of St. Mary of the Lake/Mundelein Seminary in Chicago.

As a political science major, it was in his senior year that he began his discernment to enter the clergy.

"I was influenced by the example of good and holy priests. Their love for the priesthood and love for Christ really inspired me to consider it," he said.

His parents Kenneth and Kathleen Slezak of Rotterdam Junction, along with his brother Joseph of Amsterdam, sister Margaret of Boston, their spouses and other family members art expected to be on hand to celebrate this Saturday.

     

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