Local reverend prepares for the Navy

BOARDMAN, Ohio (WKBN) — A Boardman reverend will be adding Lieutenant to his name.

Reverand Michael Marcelli led his last mass at St. Charles on Sunday afternoon. He’s going into the U.S. Navy Chaplain Corp.

Father Marcelli has called St. Charles his home for the last three years. It was his first assignment, but serving God and country is something he’s been thinking about for a few years now.

“I will be re-commissioned as a Lieutenant Junior Grade for the United States Navy Chaplain Corp,” said Marcelli.

He said during his time at St. Charles, he met a lot  parishioners who were service members and realized the need to bring the scriptures to service men and women.

“I know that they go three to six months without having a Catholic mass and so part of that inspired me as well as it’s a give and take what I can receive, the virtues,” said Marcelli.

“So Father Marcelli’s active duty beginning is going to be a very good blessing to the military,” added Capt. Michael Mikstay of the Lt. Junior Grade, U.S. Navy.

Mikstay is also a priest in the diocese of Youngstown. He said the Chaplain numbers are up, around 845. There are 52 Catholic priests.

“So we wear rank on one side of our collar and then for us who are Christian Chaplains, we wear crosses,” indicated Mikstay.

On Sunday, Mikstay presented Marcelli the ensigna that goes with his rank.

“That cross for Father Marcelli here in a couple of months is going to be the hallmark of what we do in the military,” said Mikstay.

Marcelli has weeks of training, but has an idea of where he might be in December.

“To go on a ship for Christmas mass,” said Marcelli.

Marcelli was commissioned right after 12:30 p.m. mass in front of his congregation. He said he’s excited, but a little nervous.

“I’m going to  miss a lot of good people from St. Charles,” finished Marcelli.

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