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From Brother to Deacon to Priest

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With praise and thanksgiving to Almighty God, the Congregation of Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception of the Most Blessed Virgin Mary announces the ordination of Deacon Tyler Roth Mentzer, MIC, to the Sacred Order of the Priesthood by His Excellency, the Most Rev. William D. Byrne, bishop of the Diocese of Springfield, Massachusetts, on Saturday, Oct. 2, 2021, at 9 a.m. at the National Shrine of The Divine Mercy.

Due to the limited seating, we regret that we cannot invite you to attend the ordination in person. However, we have arranged to livestream the entire ordination on our YouTube channel and Facebook pages, and our website, TheDivineMercy.org. We hope you can participate, and we thank you for your prayers and support.

"Please know that you will be remembered in my First Mass, which will be livestreamed on Sunday, Oct. 3, at 9 a.m., from the National Shrine of The Divine Mercy," said Deacon Tyler Mentzer, MIC.

Throughout his adolescence, Deacon Tyler, MIC, of Hanover, Pennsylvania, served at the altar at his parish, but he only ever thought about the priesthood in passing.

"I was scared of it at the time," he said. "I imagined that it would be something for someone who was overtly pious."

But getting to know his parish priest helped change his overall attitude toward the priesthood. "We spent some good time together, and he kind of humanized the priesthood for me," he said.

Tyler went away to college to Philadelphia University where he studied architecture and played baseball. There, he took his faith more seriously. He started attending a non-denominational Christian men's group, which forced him to take more ownership of his Catholic faith. "I had to wrestle with the Real Presence, the need for Confession, Marian devotion. ... Suddenly my room was turning into a Catholic bookstore," he said.

His sophomore year of college, he went on a vocation retreat sponsored by the Knights of Columbus. "There were more seeds planted that time. I met some great guys, some great priests. ... but I wasn't ready to commit at that point," he said.

From that time on, the call to the priesthood didn't go away. He said, "It continued as a gentle echo, an invitation from the Lord saying, 'What if?'"

During his final years at college, his call to consider the priesthood became much clearer. He started asking his friends, including his non-denominational friends, for prayer as he discerned entering Catholic seminary.

After school, though, a friendship with a young woman turned into a relationship. "I thought, 'Maybe this is what the Lord's inviting me to do,'" he said. "But in the midst of discerning that relationship, I did some pretty selfish things." As a result, he became confused and started wondering why he couldn't seem to put his whole heart into his discernment of marriage.

As his relationship hit a breaking point, he and his girlfriend took a break from dating. "During this time, I basically had a moment where I was in the fetal position in my room in the dark, thinking, 'Lord, I'm messing up this relationship horribly. I'm just wrecking this girl's heart. What am I supposed to do?' I just cried out in the midst of my sinfulness and selfishness and said, 'Lord, tell me what you want to do with my life,'" he said.

Finally, with tears in his eyes, he gathered the courage to open up his heart to say "yes," as Our Lady did, to whatever the Lord was calling him to do. "That was the first time I was really open to His answer about the priesthood," he said.

A wave of peace overtook him when he seriously considered becoming a Catholic priest. "It was like the Lord was hitting me over the head with a 2-by-4," he said.

So, he entered his diocesan seminary. But once there, he received a "call within a call" to join the Marians.

"I met a seminarian who was deeply in love with the Blessed Virgin Mary. I could see that in his character and in his actions," Tyler said. With encouragement from this seminarian, he consecrated himself to the Blessed Virgin Mary through St. Louis de Montfort's Preparation for Total Consecration.

During his second year of seminary, he realized that he was still healing from the wounds of his sins of impurity. While reading the Diary of Saint Maria Faustina Kowalska, he said, "I just had really powerful encounters in Adoration with our Lord healing the wounds from my past."

During his third year in seminary, one evening while he was in his room, he felt in his heart the Lord calling him to go to the chapel where He would reveal something to him. There, Tyler prayed a familiar devotion, the Rosary, and then a newer devotion, the Chaplet of Divine Mercy, with the assistance of a how-to pamphlet. The closing prayer of the Chaplet made such a powerful impression on him that he flipped to the back page to see where it came from.

He said, "I saw Marian Press with the Marian logo. When I saw that logo, the Holy Spirit was saying to me, 'This is what I want to show you, Tyler.'" A deep sense of joy entered his heart, and he immediately went on his computer to learn as much as he could about the Marians.

He said, "I was elated. I thought, 'This is it!'"

He joined the Marians in 2015 and hasn't looked back. "From that moment on," he said, "our Lord and Our Lady kept reconfirming this call to the Marians in my heart."

Visit marian.org/vocsupport to help our men in formation answer God's call.

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Mary F - Oct 10, 2021

I watched Fr. Tyler's ordination. It was very moving. This morning I read his walk in life to the Marians. How wonderful he kept his communication open to the Lord. I pray there are more young men willing to listen to God's call. We the lay people need to Trust in Jesus and pray for more priest. God Bless Fr. Tyler on his journey.

Angel - Oct 6, 2021

I watched the Ordination of Father Tyler and Father Tyler’s first mass. To say I was elated by the the experience wouldn’t do justice to how I felt. I thought my heart would burst with love.
I sat mesmerized.
I will pray for Father Tyler and all MIC . I love them. They bring joy to my life

Pinky - Oct 5, 2021

I am so blessed to watch the ordination of Deacon Tyler. So amazed on the Marian Fathers that in my heart I am offering my son,Nick to Jesus that he will be a priest. I am so blessed to be a Marian Helper. Thank you to all Marian Fathers! God bless us all. Big hugs from the Philippines.

Maris - Oct 4, 2021

Fr. Tyler … I’ve been joining you from First Friday mass of October , Sacred Heart Devotion in the evening , your ordination on First Saturday till your First Mass on Sunday . Plus this Monday morning when you consecrated with Fr. Chris and bestowed your a prayerful blessings. Thanksgiving to the Lord during these 4 days for my mother’s recovery from the virus and her wellness , continues gain of strength and good health . ( Mrs. Rechilda Uy )
God Be with you always , Blessed Mother to listen to you .

Maria Luisa - Oct 3, 2021

Dear Father Tyler,
Our Mother Mary points us to His Son and you sought Him with her guidance. Congratulations on this day of your ordination. May the Lord Jesus continue to give you the courage and strength. When you’re weaken, cry to our Mother for help.

Jacquie, lover of Mary, St Joseph and Jesus Christ. - Oct 2, 2021

Your ordination date is my 50th birthday. I pray for special grace and strength and extraordinary closeness to Our Lady in your life’s journey as a holy Marian priest, Amen.

Mary Ann McCloskey - Oct 2, 2021

May God bless you Father as you begin the next chapter of your life in service to him

Dave & Joan Maroney (MOMM) - Oct 2, 2021

We are blessed to have another Marian priest. Count on our prayers Fr. Tyler!

John Paul - Oct 2, 2021

Dear Deacon Tyler or may I say Fr. Tyler because I am reading your very powerful and moving vocation story only now - past your ordination scheduled time. Remember when the Pharisees and Scribes complained and asked the disciples of Jesus why He was with all the sinners? Jesus response: The healthy do not need a physician. Only the sick do. Thank you very much for finally saying "yes" to God's call! We all need priest like you! I will keep you in my prayer. And please, pray for all of us, too. Congratulations and God bless you always, Fr. Tyler!

Maria Regina - Oct 2, 2021

The ceremony was so touching, as all Ordinations are. I'm so happy for Fr Tyler! Looking forward to his first Mass! God bless you always.

Bonnie Donnelly - Oct 2, 2021

God Bless you always !
Congratulations of your priesthood!

Patricia Bhat - Oct 2, 2021

Dear Deacon Tyler,
Thank you for leading us into a deep heartfelt First Friday devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Your testimony of a call within a call is greatly edifying. As you enter holy priesthood today may the Good Lord bless you and keep you and grant you a fruitful ministry in his vast vineyard.

Florian Cenzon - Oct 1, 2021

Thank you for your beautiful discernment story to priesthood. Congratulations on your forthcoming Ordination. God bless you.

Margaret - Oct 1, 2021

Dear Deacon
We are so honored and blessed to have been a part of this evening’s First Friday devotion. Your words were spoken with so much love and sincerity to our dear Sacred Heart. We look forward to your ordination tomorrow and thank God for you and the Marian community. God bless you and May Our Blessed Mother keep and hold you in her loving arms.

Joshua Nah - Oct 1, 2021

1 Timothy 4:15 Be diligent in these matters; give yourself wholly to them, so that everyone may see your progress. 16 Watch your life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers.

Your progress is very encouraging Deacon Tyler.

Diana - Oct 1, 2021

God bless you, Deacon Tyler.

Paryse Thibodeau - Oct 1, 2021

beautiful testimony! Thank you for sharing! Praying for you Deacon Tyler - God bless you!!!

Aleli - Oct 1, 2021

Thank you for this story, Deacon, I will be turning 70 this month and I feel that my calling now is to bring my grandchildren closer to God, my daughter and sons are Catholic by name only, they did not fight me when I baptized the grandchildren but they don’t go to church so I bring them every Sunday and promised to have them do the sacraments if God spares me.

Rochelle Hale - Oct 1, 2021

God bless you !

Debra Kasperski - Oct 1, 2021

God Bless you Deacon Tyler for sharing your discernment story and for choosing the Marians. Looking forward to watching your Ordination and First Mass online this weekend. Please know that all of the Marian Prayer Warriors on YouTube are praying for and rejoicing with you! TJTM!

Phyllis - Oct 1, 2021

I am 88 pray all day and make rosaries. Family has no interest in religion, but I pray for them. daughter died April, graveside service, nice but. Read on my Kindle everything I can find and pray every day with the shrine rosary & chaplet Mass at eight cst.
thank you Father Chris, Calloway etc.

A Grandmother - Oct 1, 2021

Such a beautiful story of discernment. My heart is breaking for my grandson who is receiving next to nothing in his Catholic Faith from his parents.