Priesthood, Deacon Ordination May 25

Benedictines from Saint Vincent Archabbey will be ordained to the priesthood and to the diaconate on May 25 by Most Rev. Edward C. Malesic, Bishop of the Diocese of Greensburg, at Saint Vincent Archabbey Basilica. Brother Dominic Sylvester Leo, O.S.B., the son of M. Leo Joseph and Rita Leo of Bangalore, India will be ordained to the priesthood. Brother Ignatius Camello, O.S.B., of Cotabato City, the Philippines, will be ordained to the diaconate. 


Brother Dominic graduated in 1988 from Saint Aloysius Junior College in Bangalore, where he also received a bachelor of commerce degree in 1991 from Saint Joseph’s College of Commerce, majoring in taxation. He earned the master of science degree in information technology in 2004 from Karnataka State Open University.

Brother Dominic studied at the Seminary of Christ the King Mission, British Columbia, Canada, in 2012; at Saint John’s School of Theology and Seminary, Collegeville, Minnesota, in 2014 and received a master of divinity degree from  Saint Vincent Seminary in 2019.

He entered the Benedictine Order as a monk of Saint Peter’s Abbey, Saskatchewan, Canada on April 12, 2014 and transferred his vows to Saint Vincent Archabbey on March 21, 2017. He was ordained a deacon on September 22, 2018 by Most Rev. Edward C. Malesic, Bishop of the Diocese of Greensburg, at Saint Vincent Archabbey Basilica.

At the Archabbey he has been assigned as socius of novices (2017-2018), sacristan and assistant master of ceremonies (2017-present) and blogger in the Vocation Office (2017-present), as well as assistant manager of the Gristmill General Store and miller at Saint Vincent Gristmill (2017-present).


Brother Ignatius Camello, O.S.B., is the son of Desideria Camello of Cotabato City, the Philippines and the late Reynaldo Camello. He has three brothers, Roland, of Northern Ireland, United Kingdom; Jose Rechie Camello of Cotabato City; and Elvin Camello of Cotabato City.

He attended Notre Dame Elementary School and graduated from Notre Dame High School for Boys in 1988. Both schools are in the Philippines. He earned a bachelor of science degree in nursing from Notre Dame University, Cotabato City, the Philippines, in 1992.

He migrated to the United States in 2001 and worked as an intensive care unit nurse for 13 years in Los Angeles, California. He began discerning a vocation and became a novice of Saint Vincent Archabbey on July 1, 2013. He professed simple vows on July 10, 2014 and began studies at Saint Vincent Seminary in the fall of 2014.

He was assigned as assistant to the director, monastery infirmary (2014-present) and as sacristan/assistant master of ceremonies (2014-present).