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. Charles Gallagher
|Fr. Anthony Lickteig
This year looks to be a great year for new priests named “John”.
|Fr. John Michael
|Fr. John Michael
Many Professed Religious are being ordained this year:
|Fr. Thomas Gricoski
|Fr. Sylvestre Obwaka
|Fr. Kenneth Chijioke Ugwu
|Fr. Francesco D’Agostino
|Fr. Vincent Wirtner III
A quick field guide to Male Catholic Religious:
- OSB = Ordo Sancti Benedicti (“Order of Saint Benedict“), the official name of the Benedictine Order
- CSC = Congregatio a Sancta Cruce (“Congregation of Holy Cross“)
- OP = Ordo Praedicatorum (“Order of Preachers“), the official name of the Dominican Order
- OFM = Ordo Fratrum Minorum, (“Order of Friars Minor“) the official name of the Franciscan Order
- CSSR = Congregatio Sanctissimi Redemptoris (“Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer“), the official name of the Redemptorists
- SSJ = St. Joseph’s Society of the Sacred Heart, the official name of the Josephite Fathers
- CS = Missionaries of St. Charles, the official name of the Scalabrinians
- CMC = Congregation of the Mother Co-Redemptrix (in Vietnamese: Dòng Đức Mẹ Đồng Công or simply Dòng Đồng Công)
- CP = Congregatio Passionis Iesu Christi (“The Congregation of Discalced Clerks of the Most Holy Cross and Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ“), the official name of the Passionists
- CPPS = Congregatio Missionariorum Pretiosissimi Sanguinis Domini Nostri Jesu Christi, (“The Congregation of Missionaries of the Most Precious Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ“) the official name of the Society of the Precious Blood
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:
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!
- Click for the post on the Priesthood Ordination Class of 2009.
- Click for the post on the Priesthood Ordination Class of 2008.