By David Cooley.
Jordan Hainsey is preparing for his ordination to the diaconate, which will take place at the Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption, Covington, April 13. In reality, Mr. Hainsey has been preparing for this for a long, long time. He is the only child of Raymond and Denise Hainsey and he says that his family has been the biggest influence on his journey toward priesthood.
“I grew up ELCA Lutheran, very active in the church, but there was always a tug at my heart toward the Catholic Church,” he said. “I wasn’t your normal kid. As a child, I dragged my parents to Fatima devotions at the local Franciscan Monastery, watched EWTN for hours on end, and had an altar with all the accouterments in the family room. Likewise, my beloved grandma became a ‘vestment maker,’ sewing chasubles and copes.
“My family didn’t just let a kid be a kid; rather, they epitomized what it means for the family to be the ‘little church’ where faith is nurtured and cultivated. They have continued to be the biggest support throughout my life and I am grateful everyday for their example and love.”
Mr. Hainsey says that he has very much enjoyed his studies and formation in seminary. He has attended both the Pontifical College Josephinum, Columbus, Ohio, and St. Vincent Seminary, Latrobe. He earned his bachelor’s degree in philosophy in 2017. Before entering the seminary Mr. Hainsey earned a bachelor’s degree in graphic design at St. Vincent College, a talent he continues to use often, but, he says, his journey in the seminary has brought him to a much more exciting place spiritually and with a deeper understanding of life.
“When I graduated college, I was thankful I was done with classroom studies,” he said. “I had always loved learning and reading, but tests and exams made me cringe. Seminary was different though. Yes, academics are essential, but the praxis cultivated by the professors, formation staff and seminarians is based on a holistic approach that values — as much, if not more — pastoral, spiritual and human formation. Some of the seminarians I have studied with have been doctors, lawyers, gardeners, teachers and musicians. The best part of seminary is when you realize the real struggle worth waging is to be holy — for Christ and his Church, for the people of God. When one puts this journey at the heart of his vocation, daily crosses become redemptive and life-giving acts.”
Following college Mr. Hainsey was working in public relations and graphic design at St. Vincent Archabbey and Seminary and that is where he developed friendships with seminarians from the Diocese of Covington.
“They invited me to come and see Covington for Holy Week. It was a powerful experience, taking part in the transcendent liturgies of the Triduum and seeing first hand a rich fraternity among the clergy that is essential for fruitful and effective ministry,” he said. “The invitation to come and see is one I will always be grateful for. That is why it is important to ask young people if they’ve considered a vocation to the priesthood or religious life.”
As a deacon, Mr. Hainsey is looking forward to being a servant to the people of God.
“In the early Church, the deacon assisted the bishop during the sacred liturgy and distributed alms to the poor,” he said. “St. Ignatius of Antioch, in the early second century, considered a church without the orders of bishop, priest and deacon unthinkable. The early deacons were the ones who carried the Eucharist to the faithful and shared the Gospel message with those on the fringe of society. These important spiritual and tangible acts of service are what I hope to share in my ministry as a deacon.”
Mr. Hainsey said that his favorite Bible passage is Romans 8:31–39, which speaks of the all-conquering power God’s love has at overcoming every obstacle to one’s salvation.
“Being a Christian is beyond challenging today,” said Mr. Hainsey. “Society seeks to corrupt our moral compass and conscience. And physically, martyrdom for the faith is very much alive and present. The passage from Paul in Romans, however, should give us pause and confidence. It is a promise that God abides with us in every trial and obstacle.”
In his spare time Mr. Hainsey enjoys hiking, kayaking and traveling, and he says that it is healthy and good to make time to go outside of one’s routine to experience nature and other cultures replete with their traditions.
“These experiences of God’s creative handiwork and our connectedness to one another help me to re-center and grow closer to God,” he said.
Another interesting fact about Mr. Hainsey is that he is involved with the cause of canonization of Blessed Karl of Austria (Kaiser Karl Gebetsliga), the last emperor of Austria-Hungary.
“Since 2015, I have served as the webmaster and graphic designer for EmperorCharles.org, the U.S.A. and Canadian Promoter for Blessed Karl’s canonization,” he said. “I am responsible for the design, maintenance, site content, and development of holy reminders available in the online store.”
In 2017, Mr. Hainsey was invited by the international delegation of the Gebetsliga to Rome to meet with Pope Francis on the centenary anniversary of the peace initiatives of Pope Benedict XV, a contemporary of Blessed Karl, who tried to avert the disaster of World War I.
With praise and thanksgiving to Almighty God,
The Roman Catholic Diocese of Covington
Requests the honor of your presence
At the Ordination to the Diaconate of
Jordan Mark Hainsey
Through the power of the Holy Spirit
And the imposition of hands by
The Most Reverend Roger J. Foys, D.D.
Bishop of Covington
Saturday, April 13, 10 a.m.
Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption, Covington.
Everyone is invited to attend.
A reception will follow at Bishop Howard Memorial Auditorium,
Diocesan Curia Building, Covington.