When Scott Belina was ordained into the priesthood on Saturday, it was a big moment in the life of a Watertown native and a big moment for the Catholic church as a whole.
"A great day for the church of Ogdensburg and certainly for the church universal," said Diocese of Ogdensburg Bishop, Terry LaValley about the ordination. "We add to the ranks of the priesthood here in the North Country."
For Belina, an Immaculate Heart Central and Clarkson University graduate, it was the end of a very long journey.
"It's really an extraordinary day," the now Father Belina said. "I've now been given what I need to fulfill my vocation in God's church, which is out of this world."
For Belina, the call to the church came a little later in life. After completing a degree in biomolecular science for Clarkson, he says he heard the call.
"I heard the question one night, What if God wants me to be a priest? And from there on I really couldn't put the question out of my mind," said Belina.
After ordaining Father Thomas Higman from Carthage last year, Belina was the lone deacon being ordained on Saturday. The ceremony is becoming more and more rare in the North Country.
"We don't foresee another ordination perhaps for another three or four years," said Bishop LaValley.
Now with graduation behind him, it's time to get to work. And the now-Father Scott will be doing just that, serving mass in Ogdensburg.
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Monday, March 2, 2015, Watertown, NY