Bishop John O. Barres will ordain Deacon Leo Song to the priesthood for the Diocese of Rockville Centre this Saturday. The Mass of Ordination will take place at the Cathedral of Saint Agnes, Rockville Centre, on June 23, 2018 at 11 a.m. The Mass will be broadcast live on Telecare (Cablevision channel 29/137, Verizon FiOS TV channel 296, Time Warner Cable channel 471) and rebroadcast at 9 p.m.
Deacon Leo Song, 36, was born in Seoul, South Korea, and moved with his parents and younger sister to the United States when he was six. His parents wanted better economic opportunities and a better life for their family in America. They settled in Queens, first in Whitestone and then in Bayside where they were members of Saint Robert Bellarmine parish.
Upon graduation from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with an economics degree in 2004, Deacon Song went to work for a logistics company in Jamaica, Queens, and then to work in the operations end in the fashion industry in Manhattan.
After several years working in business, however, Deacon Song decided he wanted a more fulfilling career. He returned to school at the CUNY Graduate Center and earned his doctorate with honors in physical therapy in 2011. Soon after he began working at New York Presbyterian-Weill Cornell Medical Center.
“Eventually, it was God’s grace that opened my heart to listen to his call,” said Deacon Song. He entered the seminary in 2012. For two years, Deacon Song studied philosophy at The Catholic University of America (CUA) in Washington, DC. After Catholic University, Deacon Song was sent to study in Rome. He earned his Bachelor of Sacred Theology degree from the Pontifical University last year. This spring, he finished first-year studies toward a Licentiate of Sacred Theology degree at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas.
The Church of the Holy Name of Jesus in Woodbury has “adopted” him, according to Deacon Song, and he will celebrate his first Mass there after ordination on Sunday, June 24, at 12:15 p.m.
While he doesn’t yet know where his first assignment will be, Deacon Song said, “I have been praying for the parishioners of my first parish assignment for six years and can’t wait to meet them!”