Posts Tagged ‘priesthood’

The Ordination of Our Newest Priests

Friday, June 16th, 2017

One of the most joyful days of the year for our family of faith will unfold tomorrow at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception as I ordain four new priests to serve Christ, his Church, and all they encounter. Three of these soon-to-be new priests are pioneer members of our Saint […] [Read more]

Pray for our Future Priests

Tuesday, June 7th, 2016

For a number of years now, in the weeks leading up to ordination, our Saint John Paul II Seminary has highlighted the relationships of prayer and priestly ministry by hosting and inviting parishes to host a holy hour for transitional deacons who are to be ordained. This year, we will celebrate our archdiocesan Mass of […] [Read more]

The Outpouring of the Spirit Upon Our Newly Ordained Priests

Thursday, June 25th, 2015

Each year with eagerness, we await the celebration of the sacrament of Holy Orders in this archdiocese. On June 13, we celebrated the ordination of five men to the transitional diaconate. Last Saturday, June 20, our family of faith rejoiced with the ordination of nine new priests of our local Church. In addition, next Saturday […] [Read more]

Newly Ordained Priests Will Continue Legacy of “Manifesting the Kingdom”

Wednesday, June 18th, 2014

For 2,000 years, priests in every generation have taken up the call that Jesus made to his Apostles – the first priests – at the Last Supper: “Do this in memory of me” (Luke 22:19).  Every time they celebrate the Eucharist and preach the Gospel, and each time they administer the sacraments, priests make Jesus […] [Read more]

Jubilee Mass for Priests and World Day of Prayer for Vocations

Sunday, May 11th, 2014

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 […] [Read more]

Love and the Priesthood

Saturday, February 22nd, 2014

Last Saturday, it was my great joy to dedicate and bless a new wing at Blessed John Paul II Seminary – so vibrant is the life of faith in our local Church that we need more room.  Today, the Church celebrates the Feast of the Chair of Saint Peter, giving thanks to God for the […] [Read more]

Saint John Vianney and the Heart of a Priest

Sunday, August 4th, 2013

In 2009, the Archdiocese of Washington opened the Year for Priests in a special way as I ordained seven new priests, men from different walks of life who heard and answered God’s call to priesthood. In proclaiming that Year for Priests, Pope Benedict XVI emphasized the unique role and identity of the priest.  The Holy […] [Read more]

Ordination of Our New Priests

Saturday, June 15th, 2013

The road to the priesthood for the six new priests of the Archdiocese of Washington ordained today wound through different places but began at the same spot, as each one opened his heart to the prompting of the Holy Spirit and followed God’s call to serve as a priest for Christ and his Church. At […] [Read more]

The Chrism Mass and the Renewal of Priests in Continuity with the Priesthood of Christ

Monday, March 25th, 2013

Each year on Monday during Holy Week, the Archdiocese of Washington celebrates the Chrism Mass at the Cathedral of Saint Matthew the Apostle. For the priests of our local Church, the Chrism Mass is one of the high points of the year – at that Mass, more than 200 priests in attendance, including veteran and […] [Read more]

Seminaries of the Home

Thursday, January 17th, 2013

Just before Christmas, I had the privilege of celebrating Mass and then attending a dinner for the seminarians of the Archdiocese of Washington, held at the Redemptoris Mater Seminary in Hyattsville, which celebrated its 10th anniversary last fall.  Then afterward, most of the archdiocese’s 76 seminarians, except those studying in Rome, posed with me for […] [Read more]