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The USCCB has published a feature page on the Priesthood Ordination Class of 2010. 150 newly ordained are profiled on this page. The Archdiocese of Washington has the most new priests listed:

Fr. Ismael Ayala
Fr. Blake
Fr. Charles Gallagher
Fr. Justin
Fr. Anthony Lickteig

This year looks to be a great year for new priests named “John”.

Fr. John
Fr. John Michael
Fr. John
Fr. John Michael
Fr. John

Many Professed Religious are being ordained this year:

Fr. Thomas Gricoski
Fr. Sylvestre Obwaka
Fr. Michail
Fr. Jason
Fr. Fawaz
Fr. Kenneth Chijioke Ugwu
Fr. Francesco D’Agostino
Fr. Peter
Fr. Enno
Fr. Vincent Wirtner III

A quick field guide to Male Catholic Religious:

As always, the most intriguing page on the USCCB site is a list of quotes from the new ordinands. Again, I picked out a few interesting tidbits about these new priests:

People might be surprised to know that I…

Grew up on a dairy farm, and was greatly impacted by my time in Boy Scouts. I was able to pay my respects at Pope John Paul II’s lying in state at St. Peter’s in 2005, shortly before applying to become a seminarian.

Contributed to the design of the Illinois state quarter.

Attribute my vocation to the prayer and example of the Discalced Carmelite Nuns of Flemington, NJ for whom I used to serve mass while in high school.

Come from a very non-religious background. I had a huge conversion to the faith and hopefully will never go back because life is great.

Entered the seminary just two years after my baptism and five years after I met first time the Church.

Served as a military officer for over 20 years in the US Air Force.

Was a very active in high school, running cross country and track, wrestling, becoming an Eagle Scout, acting in school plays, all in addition to being an active member of my parish youth group. Somehow in the midst of all the other activities I found time to pray, make retreats and discern that God was calling me to serve him as a priest.

Played rugby in college, and practiced law for a government agency.

Went on to get my Funeral Director’s License and worked as a Funeral Director for some time until I answered God’s call to a priestly vocation.

Was a Sheriff Officer before I entered the seminary in 1995.

Was an Army Psychiatrist before I entered the seminary.

Previously worked as a firefighter for my home town.

Represented my Alma Mater, the University of Notre Dame as its mascot: the Leprechaun.

Attended a one-room country schoolhouse for 8 years of elementary school.

Received two marriage proposals in college.

Played at celebrating Mass as a kid, and was told on once for praying in elementary school…

Worked on the Playstation 3 processor (CELL) at IBM before entering seminary.

Have been legally blind since birth.

Never attended any Catholic schools before entering the seminary. I first thought of the priesthood when I was 23 years old.

Only went to Church like once a year before 2001, made a TEC retreat in February of 2001, did a complete 180, entered seminary in August of 2002! God is good.

Studied Chemical Engineering and played baseball in college..

I am a lifelong bowler and have bowled a perfect game.

Earned a Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering and had an engineering career before I entered religious life.

Turned down an opportunity to go to the US Air Force Academy to go to college seminary instead.

I prayed for and received a sign from God that he was calling me to become a Catholic priest even though I was a fundamentalist Protestant.

I was at the World Youth Day in Denver in 1993. What an awesome experience!

The USCCB has published a full report on the demographics of this class. A few facts include:

  • The average age of ordinands for the Class of 2010 is 37. More than half (56 percent) are between the ages of 25 and 34. This is approximately the same as it was in 2009 and consistent with the average age of ordination classes for the last five years. Eleven are being ordained to the priesthood at age 65 or older.
  • Most ordinands have been Catholic since birth, although one in ten (10 percent) became Catholic later in life. Four in five (83 percent) report that both of their parents are Catholic and close to two in five (37 percent) have a relative who is a priest or a religious..
  • Ordinands of the Class of 2010 have been active in parish ministries, with about half to three-quarters indicating they served as an altar server, lector, and/or Eucharistic minister in their parish. One-fifth (19 percent) participated in a World Youth Day before entering the seminary..
  • Two-thirds of ordinands report regularly praying the Rosary (67 percent) and participating in Eucharistic Adoration (65 percent) before entering the seminary..
  • Overall, ordinands are more likely to be the oldest child in their family and less likely to be the youngest child. Religious order ordinands are more likely than diocesan ordinands to be the oldest child in their family, with 47 percent of religious ordinands being the oldest, compared to 36 percent of diocesan ordinands.

The full PDF report is here:

Congratulations to the Class of 2010!


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“Do not be satisfied with little things, because God wants great things!”
Catherine of Siena – Letter T127

29 April is the feast of Catherine of Siena, OP, a Doctor of the Church, a Dominican, and the force behind the restoration of the Papacy to Rome following the “Babylonian Captivity” in Avignon. Siena has a beautiful Duomo (or Cathedral) that is famous too.

Catherine was the youngest in her family who gave her father no options about her decision to join the Dominicans. Catherine wrote letters to popes, kings and queens, politicians and mercenaries, and many religious figures. Her teaching in “The Dialogue of Divine Providence”  earned her status as a Doctor of the Church.

Catherine’s hometown of Siena is a Tuscan hill town, located north of Rome and about 50 miles from Florence. Siena was settled in prehistoric times, with the first Roman settlement coming during the reign of Augustus. The town’s fortunes improved when the Lombards took over the area in the 4th century. Siena prospered as a city-state, and later as a republic. The University of Siena was founded in 1240, and is still an important Italian seat of learning. Notable sights include the Duomo, the Piazza del Campo, (town square) the Palazzo Pubblico and the Torre del Mangia, and the church of San Domenico. Wikipedia has a wonderful panorama view of Siena, showing the town hall and the Duomo. Go see it – it is too big to fit here.

Siena’s Duomo was built between 1215 and 1263. A major expansion was started in 1339, but the Black Death killed off most of the parishioners and workers, so the building remains unfinished to this day. The Siena Duomo is on of Italy’s greatest cathedrals.

The Siena Duomo is unique because the major axis of the nave runs north to south.

The Siena Duomo is a Romanesque cruciform church with a Gothic facade, a dome, a bell tower, and the main altar at the crossing. Inside elements include a famous octagonal ambo, several statues and murals about Catherine, and four statues of other saints by Michelangelo. Builders used white and greenish-black marble in alternating stripes for both the interior and exterior. Black and white are the traditional colors of Siena.

Sources and Resources:

  1. EWTN: Saint Catherine of Siena:
  2. Drawn by Love: the writings and world of Saint Catherine of Siena:
  3. Project Gutenberg: Letters of Catherine Benincasa by Saint Catherine of Siena
  4. Sacred Destinations: Duomo di Siena/Siena Cathedral
  5. Wikipedia: Duomo di Siena/Siena Cathedral

UPDATE: See more of the Architecture 101 topics here:

Side Note: In Denver, we have Saint Catherine of Siena Parish and School, which is run by the Dominicans.

See the history of this building here.

Basilica di

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A few nights ago, I found a link to “If the Saints Wrote Conversations Hearts” over on the Acts of the Apostasy blog. Blogger LarryD has some great candy hearts with saintly inscriptions. Here’s one of his:

St. Benedict

Just in time for St. Valentine’s Day, LarryD’s work inspired me to try a few. Here one for Saint Dominic and a few other members of the Communion of Saints:

St. Dominc Guzman, OP

St. Nicholas

Blessed John Paul II

The creation tool is here if you want to give it a shot. Good luck!

Hat tip Paul Camarata at the SaintCast

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Dominican Joke of the Day #7

A Dominican friar who taught theology at Fenwick High School in Chicago asked his students what a homily was for them.

A first student answered that it was an explanation to the Gospel. Another said it was a commentary to a feast day celebration. A third said it was an occasion to stress moral teachings or doctrines of the Church.

One particular student struck the teacher as having the most promising answer when he said, “It’s like medicine.”

The young friar was intrigued. Hiding his amusement, he asked the student why he thought it so.

The student casually remarked, “Because a homily makes you well, but at the same time makes you feel drowsy.”

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“A Franciscan, a Dominican, and a Jesuit go on a fishing cruise. . . “

As told by Father Jim Martin, S.J.:

A tip of the ol’ biretta to the dotMagis blog

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Three priests, a Dominican, a Franciscan, and a Jesuit, were in the same hospice. All were near death. One evening, the Angel of Death appeared before them and informed them that it was their time. He said, however, that each could have a final request before accompanying him from this world.

The Dominican went first and he asked to gaze upon the face of his Savior. In an instant the face of Christ appeared before him. He was satisfied and felt he could die with no regrets.

The Franciscan was next. He asked to touch the wounds in the hands and feet of Jesus before he died. No sooner than Christ appeared and invited him, as he did Thomas, to examine His wounds. The dying priest touched Christ’s hands and feet, wept with joy and was content and at peace.

Finally the Angel of Death turned to the Jesuit and asked his final request.

Without hesitation the Jesuit replied: “I’d like a second opinion.”

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From The Martyrology of the Sacred Order of Friars Preachers:

The Fourth Day of August

At Bologna, our most holy Father St. Dominic, confessor and founder of the Order of Friars Preachers. He was most illustrious, being distinguished by nobility of birth, sanctity and learning. Until death he preserved without stain his virginity and by the singular grace of his merits he raised three persons from the dead. By his preaching he curbed heresies and established many persons in a religious and godly manner of life. On August 6, his soul soared to heaven, there to receive a reward commensurate with his extraordinary works. His feast, however, is celebrated on this day, by an ordinance of Pope Paul IV.

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