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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
Washington
Fr. Blake
Evans
Washington
Fr. Charles Gallagher
Washington
Fr. Justin
Huber
Washington
Fr. Anthony Lickteig
Washington

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

Fr. John
Reutemann
Washington
Fr. John Michael
Voithofer
Omaha
Fr. John
Burns
Milwaukee
Fr. John Michael
Szatkowski
Dallas
Fr. John
Eckert
Charlotte

Many Professed Religious are being ordained this year:

Fr. Thomas Gricoski
OSB
Fr. Sylvestre Obwaka
CSC
Fr. Michail
Ford
OP
Fr. Jason
Welle
OFM
Fr. Fawaz
Kako
C.Ss.R.
Fr. Kenneth Chijioke Ugwu
SSJ
Fr. Francesco D’Agostino
CS
Fr. Peter
Tran
CMC
Fr. Enno
Dango
CP
Fr. Vincent Wirtner III
CPPS

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:
http://www.usccb.org/vocations/classof2010/class_of_2010_report.pdf

Congratulations to the Class of 2010!

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Like last year, The USCCB has published a feature page on the Priesthood Ordination Class of 2009. This year looks to be a great year for new priests named “David”.




Fr. David
Skillman
St. Louis
Fr. David
Endres
Cincinnati
Fr. David
Cupps
Richmond
Fr. David
Cleric
Portland
Fr. David
Sabel
Peoria

This looks to be a good class of Professed Religious being ordained too:






Fr. Harry
Monaco
OFM
Fr. Peter
Hoang Nguyen
O Carm.
Fr. Claude
Williams
O.Praem.
Fr. Louis
Leonelli
CFR
Fr. Andrew
McAlpin
OP

One 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…

Was the Executive Director of Entertainment for the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.

Was a fallen away Catholic who had a reconversion to God after many years away from the Church.

Am Deaf. I will be the first Deaf priest for the Archdiocese of Boston.

Was born in Germany while my parents were stationed there for the United States Army.

Dated a Catholic girl in high school whom I thought I would marry. She is now a religious sister in the Capuchin Sisters of Nazareth in Pennsylvania.

Worked as a locomotive engineer and in the railyards.

Was the assistant equipment manager for the Tampa Bay Buccaners from 1984-1993.

Was the captain of the football team at Yale University.

Have a master’s degree in Applied Physics.

Received a degree in Agronomy. I was planning to take care of a Golf Course or Sports Facility.

Am related to a canonized saint, who was from the same town where my parents lived in Mexico. He lived during the Cristero period, when the Church was under persecution, and died a martyr.

Come from a family of 10 (Father, Mother, 4 brothers and 3 sisters) with 18 nieces and nephews.

Felt a call to some sort of priestly/religious life since I was a child. My mother has often commented on the fact that as early as 9 years old I used to tell people that I wanted to be a monk, yet we were Methodist, and I had never met a monk before.

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

  • The average age for the Class of 2009 is 36.  More than half (57 percent) are between the ages of 25 and 34. This is approximately the same as it was in 2008 and consistent with the average age of ordination classes for the last five years. The youngest ordinand in the class is 25; the oldest, 66. Two ordinands are 65 or older.
  • Ordinands have been active in parish ministries, with between about half and three-quarters indicating they served as an altar server, lector, and/or Eucharistic minister.
  • Responding ordinands represent 112 dioceses/eparchies and 46 religious congregations.

The full PDF report is here:
http://www.usccb.org/vocations/classof2009/class_of_2009_report.pdf

Congratulations to the Class of 2009!

Click for the post on the Priesthood Ordination Class of 2008.

UPDATE: Thanks to Kevin & Kenna Knight for the link avalanche from New Advent!

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Catholic Christmas Shopping

Now that Advent is upon us, many minds turn to the thought of Christmas shopping. The Anchoress has a fairly complete catalog of gift ideas, most made by professed Catholic brothers and sisters. Her “Let’s Go Christmas Shopping” has some great starting ideas. Nicoletta’s column in today’s bulletin has a few more ideas, mostly books, for Christmas gifts. Your humble author can only hope to mention a few more Catholic items that the devout shopper could consider. All my suggestions are made by professed religious.

Chimay

One easy to find monastery product is made by Belgian Trappists: Chimay Beer, the prototype of all Belgian ales. The good monks of Scourmont Abbey in the country of the Walloons in Belgium have been producing their powerful ales since 1862. Chimay comes in four different alcohol percentages, ranging from 4.8% to a kicking 9.0%. Like all Belgian beers, the ingredients are water, malted barley, wheat starch, sugar, hop extract and yeast.

In addition to the four ales produced at Scourmont, the good brothers also produce some excellent cheeses. The thrifty monks feed their dairy cows with the leftover solids from the brewing process.

The TRAPPISTS are a reform order of the Benedictines, the order founded by Saint Benedict. Technically, they are Cistercians of the Strict Observance (Ordo Cisterciensium Strictioris Observantiae – OCSO), taking their name from the main monastery at La Trappe in Normandy. This reform of the Cistercian reform was lead in the mid-1660’s by Armand Jean le Bouthillier de Rancé. Following St. Benedict’s dictum of “ore et labore” or “prayer and work”, Trappists around the world support themselves by making highly regarded preserves and fruitcakes.

ChartreuseChartreuse is several types of good Catholic liqueurs made by Carthusians, an order that has been described as “a community of hermits.” Green Chartreuse is made of a top secret formula of 130 herbs and spices. It is about 70% alcohol. A manuscript with the original recipe for an “Elixer of Long Life” was presented to the Carthusians in 1605, but it took about a century to perfect the recipe. Yellow Chartreuse is only 40% alcohol, and has a much simpler recipe. (Sad to say, Benedictine is no longer made by monks.)

The CARTHUSIANS were founded by St. Bruno in 1084. They follow his Statutes instead of the Rule of St. Benedict, and spend most of their lives under a strict discipline of silence. La Grande Chartreuse, the mother-house of the Carthusian Order, sits fourteen miles north of Grenoble at an elevation of 4268 feet in a high valley of the Alps. This same site and these same monks were the subject of the 2007 movie “Into Great Silence“. Their web page is here: http://www.chartreux.org

Capuchin Sisters

Capuchin Sisters

Another group of religious with a easy-to-fine product are Clarisa’s Cookies. These are made locally by the Northern Colorado branch of the Capuchin Poor Clare Sisters. Cookies can be purchased year-round from Our Lady of Light Monastery at 3325 Pecos St. here in Denver. Each $12.00 box contains 1.5 pounds of these delicious butter cookies in four flavors: cinnamon, coconut, orange and vanilla. For details on how you can get yours, see:http://www.capuchins.org/cookies/index.html

I’ll be happy to volunteer to dispose of any unused cookies that may be left at your house.

The CAPUCHIN POOR CLARES are a reform of the religious Order founded by Saint Francis and Saint Clare of Assisi. In 1538, Mother Maria Lorenza Longo established the order in 1538. Capuchin Poor Clares are contemplative sisters living in community whose lives revolve around prayer, manual work, study and silence.

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