CARLISLE — Kevin Kayda said he realized in college that he would only be happy if he devoted his life to God. That realization came to fruition over the weekend when he was ordained a priest.
Kayda, 27, of Carlisle, was ordained on Saturday by Bishop William J. Waltarsheid, the auxiliary bishop of Pittsburgh. He held his first Mass on Sunday at St. Patrick Church in Carlisle. The Mass fell on Corpus Christi Sunday. As a priest, Kayda said he wants to focus on God more, as well as make people feel that God is necessary.
“I’m giving myself over completely to God, and I’m looking forward to it,” Kayda said. “I know it’s an enormous task.”
The church was packed with parishioners, family and friends of Kayda. Among them was Toni Creason, of Carlisle. She taught Kayda when he was a second-grader at St. Patrick School. She said she had no doubts that her former student would do well in his new position, and said that he has impressed many people in his journey to becoming a priest.
Patrick McVitty, of Harrisburg, also spoke highly of Kayda.
McVitty and Kayda were classmates and best friends since kindergarten, according to McVitty. He recalled one day in the fourth grade when Kayda told him he wanted to be a priest. From the conviction in his voice, McVitty said he knew that his friend would go on to achieve that goal.
Waltarsheid delivered the homily at the evening Mass. He said life events are a part of God’s plan and that each person has the choice as to whether to follow through with those plans. He said the Mass served as a celebration of Kayda agreeing to God’s plan.
“Today begins a lifetime of adventure for you,” he said.