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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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Fra Angelico's 'All Saints'From the Secular Franciscan Order, a patron saints quiz:

  1. Who is the Patron of items that were lost?
  2. Which Saint is the Patron of heart patients?
  3. The popular Saint of desperate cases is _____________
  4. Who was the apostle of Emilia and is the Patron of cancer patients?
  5. St. Raphael is the Patron of _______________

Check out the full quiz (and the answers to the above questions) here:


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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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friars-02The Washington Post has a (surprisingly complimentary) story about a 300-mile pilgrimage undertaken by four new Franciscan friars and their two spiritual advisers.

For six weeks, the brothers walked from Roanoke with only their brown robes, sandals and a belief in the kindness of strangers to feed and shelter them.

“Dressed like we are in our habits, it’s like a walking sign that says, ‘Tell us your life’s problems,’ ” explained Cliff Hennings, the youngest of the friars at 23.

What a powerful message about how a habit testifies to the world. As Saint Francis said, “Preach the Gospel at all times. If necessary, use words.”

friars-01The friars not only embraced the minimalism taught by Saint Francis, they also embraced the command from the New Testament.

They tried to live by the ascetic rules Jesus laid out for his 12 disciples: “Take nothing for the journey — no staff, no bag, no bread, no money, no extra tunic.” The less they brought, they reasoned, the more room they could leave for God. The friars did make a few modifications, carrying a toothbrush, a wool blanket, water and a change of underwear (“a summer essential,” one explained), as well as one cellphone in case of emergency.

Some rules, however, had to be made on the fly. They had agreed not to carry any money, but just minutes into their first day, strangers were pressing dollar bills into their hands. So they made a pact to spend what they received each day on food, often high-protein Clif bars, and to give the rest to the needy.

The friars successfully completed their pilgrimage this past week.

Thank you, good friars, for your witness!

See the whole story here:

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>From Wits Fittes and Fancies, published by Anthony Copley in 1595:
(Caution: Adult language at site)

A Dominican and a Franciscan Frier traueiling together on the way, arriued at a brook, where the Dominican requested the Franciscan, in as much as he was barefoot, to carie him ouer the water on his back: The Franciscan was content, and vp he took him, and into the riuer he went; and being stept into the chan­nell, there he paws’d, & said to the Dominican: Tell me (brother) haue you any money about you? The Dominican thinking that he aimed thereby at a consideration for his paines, answered: Yea marie haue I a little, but not much: Much or little then (re­ply’d the Franciscan) well you wot my order allowes me not to carie any money about me, though well you may. And there­fore: and with that downe hee let slip the Dominican into the channell, where his money could not saue him from being ve­rie well wet.

Here’s the 16th century joke with 21st century spelling:

A Dominican and a Franciscan friar traveling together on the way, arrived at a brook, where the Dominican requested the Franciscan, in as much as he was barefoot, to carry him over the water on his back. The Franciscan was content, and up he took him, and into the river he went; and being stepped into the chan­nel, there he paused, and said to the Dominican, “Tell me (brother) have you any money about you?” The Dominican, thinking that he aimed thereby at a consideration for his pains, answered: “Yea Maria, have I a little, but not much.” “Much or little then”, re­plied the Franciscan, “well you know that my order does not allow me to carry money, although you may. And there­fore…” And with that down he let slip the Dominican into the channel, where his money could not save him from being ve­ry well wet.

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