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Deacon Will Nyce ministers in parishes, streets of Rome

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Deacon Will Nyce was born March 14, 1990, in Washington, to Chris and Carol Nyce, the oldest of their six children. He graduated from Bishop O’Connell High School in Arlington in 2008. Deacon Nyce earned a bachelor’s in economics at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville in 2011. After college, he taught English at a seminary in Bethlehem, Israel (2011-12).

He entered the Pontifical College Josephinum in Columbus, Ohio, in 2013. Two years later, he was sent to the Pontifical North America College in Rome.

He is a parishioner of St. Veronica Church in Chantilly, where he worked with a parish maintenance crew (2013) while applying to the seminary. “It was a wonderful boost for my vocation,” he said.

Deacon Nyce spent the summer of 2018 at All Saints Church in Manassas where he was able to preach and baptize for the first time. He then returned to Rome for his last year of seminary formation. While in Rome, he has accompanied students from Christendom College on their “Rome Semester” and worked with the Missionaries of Charity at their home for at-risk women, where there is a daily meal for homeless men. 

“Both experiences have been a great joy — preaching to some students who are ‘on fire’ for the faith and fiercely in love with the church as the bride of Christ — and serving some of the tough men who find themselves on the streets of Rome, but who I have discovered can have hearts that are wide open to receiving the Gospel,” said Deacon Nyce.

“If deacons are meant to conform their life to their service of Christ’s members in charity, I think the priesthood is the conformity to the cross of Jesus in love,” he said. “I’ll be able to say more after hopefully many years of priestly ministry, but from what I have gleaned from experienced priests, priestly ordination is laying down one’s life in the same love story of self-sacrifice that Our Lord first perfected for us.”

Other summer assignments have included St. Catherine of Siena Church in Great Falls (2014); Sacred Heart of Jesus Church in Winchester (2015); a parish abroad in Belluno, Italy (2016); and St. Lawrence Church in Alexandria (2017).

“All of these assignments have a special place in my heart. I was warmly welcomed at each church to which I was assigned, and it was awesome to see God at work in his people — families, youth, the elderly, in so many different contexts but all animated by the same faith and love that has been poured into our hearts,” said Deacon Nyce. 

© Arlington Catholic Herald 2019