The following six men will be ordained priests for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia by Archbishop Charles J. Chaput on Saturday, May 17 at 10 a.m. in the Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul, Philadelphia. Everyone is invited to attend the Mass. Below, see a biographical sketch of each deacon with information on their first Mass. Read extended profiles of the men here.
CatholicPhilly.com wishes continued blessings on these men — ad multos annos! — and invites everyone to pray for them (from the Collect of the Mass for the Ordination of Several Priests):
“Lord our God, who in governing your people make use of the ministry of priests, grant a persevering obedience to your will to these deacons of your church, whom you graciously choose today for the office of priesthood, so that by their ministry and life they may gain glory for you in Christ. Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.”
Rev. Mr. Jason E. Buck was born in Bryn Mawr, son of Edward and Janice Buck. He attended St. Agnes School in West Chester, Malvern Preparatory School and Franciscan University of Steubenville before entering St. Charles Borromeo Seminary. He served his diaconate assignment at Mary, Mother of the Redeemer Parish in North Wales.
After ordination, Father Buck will celebrate his first Mass Sunday, May 18 at 3 p.m. at SS. Simon and Jude Church in West Chester. The homilist will be Msgr. Francis W. Beach.
Rev. Mr. Sean P. English was born in Media, son of Paul and Marybeth English. He attended St. Charles Borromeo School in Drexel Hill, Msgr. Bonner High School and Lehigh University before entering St. Charles Borromeo Seminary. He served his diaconate assignment at St. Pius X Parish, Broomall.
After ordination, Father English will celebrate his first Mass Sunday, May 18 at 2 at St. Charles Borromeo Church in Drexel Hill. Concelebrants will be Fathers William Kaufman, Patrick Brady, Roland Slobogin and Joseph McLaughlin, O.Praem. The homilist will be Msgr. James Beisel.
Rev. Mr. Robert M. Gross was born in Huntington, N.Y., son of Joseph and Mary Gross. He attended Trinity Regional School, St. Anthony High School and Loyola University Maryland before entering St. Charles Borromeo Seminary. He served his diaconate assignment at Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish, Buckingham.
After ordination, Father Gross will celebrate his first Mass Sunday, May 18 at 2:30 at St. Agnes Church in West Chester. Msgr. Edward Deliman will be the homilist.
Rev. Mr. Christopher C. Moriconi is the son of Dr. Christine D. and Dr. E. Steven Moriconi. He attended Ancillae Assumpta Academy, St. Joseph’s Preparatory School and Berklee college of Music before entering St. Charles Borromeo Seminary. He served his diaconate assignment at St. Andrew Parish in Newtown.
After ordination, Father Moriconi will celebrate his first Mass Sunday, May 18 at 2:30 p.m. at St. Albert the Great Church in Huntingdon Valley. Concelebrants include Msgrs. Paul Dougherty, Michael Magee and Michael Picard, and Father Joseph Gleason. The homilist will be Father Dennis J. Carbonaro.
Rev. Mr. Charles J. Ravert was born in Philadelphia, son of Eleanor M. Todd. He attended St. John the Baptist School in Philadelphia’s Manayunk section, and Mercy Vocational High School before entering St. Charles Borromeo Seminary. He served his diaconate assignment at St. John the Evangelist Parish in Morrisville.
After ordination, Father Ravert will celebrate his first Mass Sunday, May 18 at 2 p.m. at St. John the Baptist Church in Philadelphia. Concelebrants will be Msgr. Charles Vance and Fathers Charles Zlock, James Lyons and Thomas Kletzel. The homilist will be Father Robert McDermott.
Rev. Mr. David A. Waters Jr. was born in Philadelphia, son of Evelyn and David Waters. He attended Presentation B.V.M. School, Shamona Creek Elementary School and Downingtown East High School before entering St. Charles Borromeo Seminary. He served his diaconate assignment at St. Patrick Parish in Norristown.
After ordination, Father Waters will celebrate his first Mass Sunday, May 18 at 2 p.m. at Sacred Heart Church in Royersford. Concelebrants will be Msgr. John Savinski and Fathers Robert Pesarchick, Augustus Puleo and Dennis Mooney. The homilist will be Father Peter M.J. Stravinskas.
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