A big crowd was on-hand tonight at St. Peter Cathedral in downtown Erie as twp deacons were ordained as priests in Erie Catholic Diocese.

Andrew Boyd, of Saint James Parish in Erie and Ian McElrath of Saint Joseph’s Parish in Sharon. They began studying for the priesthood eight years ago.

Tonight, about a thousand friends, family and priests from around the diocese took in the ceremony

 "This is a very important day, not just for me, but it's an important day for our church, it's an important day for the diocese of Erie. Boyd said “It's a joyous day for all of us, because we are celebrating something amazing."

"We walk forward together with the lord, and we hope that we've sort of made steps to help rebuild some confidence in the church by being so proactive." McElrath said

Erie Bishop, Lawrence Persico presided over tonight's ceremony.