Priestly Ordinations: Saturday, May 25

Bishop Barron to preside

The Order of Preachers, one of the Church’s oldest and most respected religious communities, will ordain six transitional deacons to the priesthood on Saturday, May 25, 2019. The ordination ceremony will begin at 9:30 a.m. in the Upper Church of the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C. – the public is invited. The new priests will serve in the Province of Saint Joseph, the oldest of four Dominican provinces in the United States, which covers from Virginia, Kentucky and Ohio, northward to Maine. They are:

Antoninus Maria Samy, O.P.
John Paul Kern, O.P.
Joseph Martin Hagan, O.P.
Norbert Keliher, O.P.
John Mark Solitario, O.P.
Paul Mary Clarke, O.P.

The ceremony is significant not just because the Dominicans are attracting more vocations than any men’s order in the United States, but because this will be the first time Most Rev. Robert Barron will preside at a priestly ordination. The former rector of Mundelein Seminary in the Archdiocese of Chicago, Bishop Barron has nearly two million Facebook followers. His YouTube videos have been viewed more than 30 million times. A best-selling author, TV personality and speaker, Bishop Barron founded Word on Fire Ministries and is auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. A disciple of St. Thomas Aquinas, Bishop Barron credits the 13th-century Dominican priest with inspiring his pursuit of truth and nurturing his religious vocation. A great friend of the Dominican House of Studies, Bishop Barron spoke at the PFIC’s 2016 Commencement

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