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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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Altermatt,
Charles
Anzora,
Juan
Dinh,
Hung
Mgimba,
Thadeo
Kurian,
Boby

The USCCB just released a feature page on the Priesthood Ordination Class of 2008. Their list is incomplete, (for example, neither of the new Dominicans are mentioned, nor the two new priests ordained 17 May at Redemptoris Mater Seminary in Denver), but it is interesting to look at who our new priests are.

One intriguing article in the USCCB collection is a list of quotes from the new ordinands. The whole list is a MS-Word doc (link below). After reading the article, I picked out a few interesting tidbits about these new priests:

People might be surprised to know that I…

Did not like to go to Mass as an adolescent because I found it boring.

Was always interested in the priesthood, but took a circuitous route by becoming a Low Vision Specialist in Optometry first.

As a small child I played Mass everyday with all the neighborhood kids yet often times I was the only Catholic who was present.

Was a marching band director and a driving instructor.

Played college football and was a quarterback.

Love to perform magic and juggling, and have been doing magic and juggling since I was 7 years old.

Have an identical twin who is an Anglican minister.

Served in the 3rd Infantry Division, Alpha Company 2nd Battalion, 7th Infantry.

Was a restless kid, very active in sports, always had a girlfriend, and didn’t consider the priesthood as a possibility for me until about a year before entering the seminary.

Was an underground diocesan seminarian for 7 years in Vietnam before I came to the U.S.

Served as a Naval Officer and helicopter pilot for ten years before entering the seminary.

Have a lifelong goal of backpacking the entire Appalachian Trail.

Attribute my vocation to many years serving at the altar in my home parish.

Congratulations to the Class of 2008!

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This past weekend, the Bettingers made a flying trip out to St. Louis. On Pentecost, our good friend, former coworker and Peet’s godfather Kevin Stephens was ordained a priest of the Order of Friars Preachers (Ordo Praedicatorum) a.k.a. the Dominicans. Readers might have noticed many recent Dominican reference on this blog.

The Dominicans were founded in the 13th Century by St. Dominic Guzman. Their mission is expressed in their motto Laudare, Benedicere, Praedicare, meaning “To praise, to bless and to preach.” As Wikipedia says, “Their identification as Dominicans gave rise to the pun that they were the Domini canes, or Hounds of the Lord. The reference to “hounds” draws on the tradition that St. Dominic’s mother, while pregnant with him, had a vision of a black and white dog with a torch in its mouth; wherever the dog went, it set fire to the earth. It was explained that the vision was fulfilled when Dominic and his followers went forth, clad in black and white, setting fire to the earth with the Gospel.”

The ordination was held at St. Francis Xavier College Church, which sits on the corner of the St. Louis University campus. St. Francis is a beautiful, hundred year old church in the Gothic revival style.

Conveniently, the church is around the corner from the Dominican’s house of study, the Aquinas Institute of Theology, and across the street from the building housing St. Dominic’s Priory. (Yes, SLU is a Jesuit school. The Dominicans have been sharing space with them for years.) Aquinas Institute is the seminary for all brothers of the Central Dominican Province of Albert the Great.

This was our first ordination, and we were struck by the solemn beauty of the rite. Above, the two candidates lie prostrate before the altar as the schola chanted the Litany of Supplication.

After the ceremony, the principals gathered in front of the church. From left to right: Father Simon Felix Micahlski, O.P., The Most Reverend Thomas Cajetan Kelly, O.P. Archbishop Emeritus of Louisville, Kentucky, Father Kevin John Henry Newman Stephens, O.P. and Father Michael A. Mascari, O.P., Prior Provincial.

(Trivia: In his retirement, Archbishop Kelly is in residence at Holy Trinity Parish in Louisville, Kentucky.)

The newly ordained was mobbed by Bettingers after his reception. The good Father’s godson was hoisted out of the way of trouble. We wish Father Kevin the best in his new life.

A special thanks to Br. Joseph M. Minuth, O.P. for his great images of the ceremony. See the full set of Brother Joseph’s images on his Ordination of Brothers Kevin and Simon page on Picasa.

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