Jubilee Mass for Priests and World Day of Prayer for Vocations

Good Shepherd

Today, the Church observes the World Day of Prayer for Vocations, a reminder for us to pray for our future and current priests and consecrated religious, that God will bless and guide them.

On Tuesday, May 13, I will celebrate a Mass at the Archdiocesan Pastoral Center to honor 23 priests of the Church of Washington who are marking milestone anniversaries of their priestly ministry this year. Cumulatively, their service totals 915 years.

Conformed to Christ at their ordinations, they will stand at the altar with me as we consecrate the Eucharist together, just as Jesus did at the Last Supper, and just as they have done so faithfully in serving our Church and community all these years, bringing the Lord to the people whom they have served and continue to serve.

Jesus has called each of these good men by name to serve as his priest, and each has answered the call. Now, I encourage you to pray for these jubilee priests by name, to thank God for their vocations, and if you have the chance, to thank personally those priests who have served this local Church over the years.

Here are our 2014 jubilee priests, with a brief description of some of the ways they have served our family of faith:

60th anniversaries (ordained as priests in 1954)

  • Monsignor Andrew Cassin – a native of Ireland, served for many years as pastor of Saint Peter Parish in Waldorf, where he is now retired and pastor emeritus.
  • Monsignor John Madigan – also a native of Ireland, earlier served as pastor of Our Lady of Grace Parish in Silver Spring, and as pastor at Saint Jane Frances de Chantal Parish in Bethesda, the Shrine of Saint Jude in Rockville, and Holy Angels Parish in Avenue.
  • Father Eamon McManus – a native of Northern Ireland, has served since 2005 as a faculty member at Ave Maria University in Naples, Florida; previously served on the faculty of Mount Saint Mary’s in Emmitsburg, and at several local parishes.

50th anniversaries (ordained in 1964)

  • Bishop Francisco Gonzalez, S.F. – a member of the Sons of the Holy Family religious order, has served as an auxiliary bishop of Washington since 2001, and serves as Episcopal Vicar for Hispanic ministries here.
  • Father Fidel De Ramos – a native of the Philippines where he now lives in retirement; served for many years as a parochial vicar at Saint Columba Parish in Oxon Hill and at other local parishes.
  • Father J. Isidore Dixon – in his retirement continues to serve as chaplain at the Armed Forces Retirement Home in Washington; served for many years as pastor of Most Holy Rosary Parish in Upper Marlboro.
  • Father Percival D’Silva – a native of India, is retired and continues to serve at the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament in Washington; previously served at several local parishes.
  • Father W. Paul Hill – now retired, served as pastor of Saint Pius X Parish in Bowie for many years, and prior to that as pastor of Saint Francis Xavier Parish in Washington and Saint John Vianney Parish in Prince Frederick.
  • Father C. Andre Izac – after retiring as a Navy chaplain in 1993, served as resident priest at Our Lady of the Seas Mission in Buxton, N.C.
  • Father Joseph Kleinstuber – now retired, served as pastor of Saint Mary Parish in Bryantown and Saint Mary Parish in Barnesville and earlier at other local parishes and as chaplain and director of admissions at Saint John College High School in Washington.

40th anniversaries (ordained in 1974)

  • Father Louis Faust – now a senior priest at Mother Seton Parish in Germantown, previously served as pastor at Saint Michael in Baden and Saint Dominic in Aquasco and at Saint Mary Star of the Sea in Indian Head.
  • Monsignor Kevin Hart – Pastoral Consultant of our Archdiocesan Synod and in residence at Saint Andrew Apostle Parish in Silver Spring, served as pastor of Saint Patrick Parish in Rockville, Saint Ann Parish in Washington and Saint Mary of Piscataway Parish in Clinton.
  • Father Thomas Kalita – longtime pastor of Saint Peter Parish in Olney; previously served as chaplain at the Catholic Student Center at the University of Maryland in College Park and at several local parishes.
  • Father Robert Kosty – pastor of Saint Catherine of Alexandria in Port Tobacco and Saint Ignatius in Hilltop, previously served as pastor of Our Lady’s Church at Medley’s Neck and at several local parishes.

25th anniversaries  (ordained in 1989)

  • Bishop Barry Knestout – an auxiliary bishop of Washington since 2008, currently serves as Moderator of the Curia and Vicar General; previously served as executive director of the Office of Youth Ministry, priest secretary to Cardinal James Hickey and Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, and pastor of Saint John the Evangelist Parish in Silver Spring.
  • Father Rory Conley – historian for the Archdiocese of Washington and pastor of Saint Mary Parish in Bryantown, previously served as pastor of Saint John Neumann Parish in Gaithersburg and Saint Aloysius in Leonardtown.
  • Father Lee Fangmeyer – the new pastor of Mother Seton Parish in Germantown, previously served as pastor of Saint Michael Parish in Ridge and Saint Francis of Assisi Parish in Derwood and as executive director of the Office of Youth Ministry.
  • Monsignor Charles Pope – pastor of Holy Comforter-Saint Cyprian Parish in Washington; previously served as pastor of Saint Thomas More Parish in Washington.
  • Father Ronald Potts – pastor of the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament in Washington; served as pastor of Sacred Heart Parish in La Plata and Mother Seton Parish in Germantown.
  • Father Luis Salcedo – now retired, served as a parish priest at Saint Bartholomew in Bethesda, Saint James in Mount Rainier and at the Cathedral of Saint Matthew the Apostle.
  • Father George Stuart – archdiocesan archivist and Vice Chancellor, serves at the Church of the Little Flower in Bethesda; previously served as a Tribunal Judge and at several local parishes.
  • Father Mark Tucker – a Tribunal Judge for the Archdiocese of Washington, in residence at Saint John the Evangelist Parish in Silver Spring.
  • Monsignor James Watkins – pastor of Immaculate Conception Parish in Washington, previously served at the Cathedral of Saint Matthew and as director of the archdiocesan Office of Worship; teaches at The Catholic University of America.

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One Response to “Jubilee Mass for Priests and World Day of Prayer for Vocations”

  1. Carolyn says:

    I thank our God for his divine callings of men to the priesthood. I pray for each and everyone to remain strong in their faith and in awe of their vows. They will truly be blessed abundtly.

    I also want to thank all those wo jave answered this call. I am sure there are so very many struggles and temptationsto overcome. So, thank you one and all!

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