On Saturday, May 25, 2013, Bishop David Ricken, Bishop of the Diocese of Green Bay, WI, celebrated Mass and ordained two men for the Fathers of Mercy.  Rev. Ricardo Pineda, CPM, was ordained to the priesthood, and Rev. Br. John Broussard was ordained a transitional deacon.   Also present was Bishop David Choby, Bishop of the Diocese of Nashville, TN.  Fr. Ricardo and Rev. Br. John were blessed on this joyful day to have many priests, family, and friends in attendance.  Fr. Ricardo will begin his assignment as parochial vicar of St. Helen’s Church in Glasgow, KY,  in early July.  Rev. Br. John will also be working at the same parish for his summer assignment, carrying out his duties as a transitional deacon. 

Fr. Ricardo Pineda, CPM


Rev. Br. John Broussard, CPM


About Fr. Tony Stephens

Fr. Tony was born in 1976 and is a native of Angelus, Kansas. He graduated from a public high school in 1995, and afterwards he attended Christendom College in Front Royal Virginia. Discerning a call to religious life and the priesthood, he joined the Fathers of Mercy in 2000. In 2001, Fr. Tony professed the three vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience, and then he studied for the priesthood at the Pontifical College Josephinum in Columbus, Ohio. While at the Josephinum, he received his Master of Divinity degree. He was ordained a priest in 2005, and he served for two years as the assistant pastor of St. Luke’s Catholic Church in Nicholasville, KY. In 2007, Fr. Tony was assigned to begin traveling and preaching parish retreats, also known as “parish missions”. His travels have taken him all over the United States, into Canada, and also to different parts of the Australian Continent. From 2009-2015, he served as the Vocations Director and Student Master for the community. During this time, he also helped out part time in the preaching apostolate of the Congregation. Beginning in August of 2015, he joined the formation faculty at the Athenaeum of Ohio / Mt. St. Mary’s Seminary of the West in Cincinnati, OH, where he currently works at the Director of Field Education, the Director of Pastoral Interns, and assists on the formation faculty.