Family members, friends and parishioners of nine archdiocesan priests helped them celebrate the conferral of papal honors bestowed by Archbishop Charles Chaput on Sunday, Dec. 3 during a prayer service at the Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul, Philadelphia. See our earlier coverage of the honors’ announcement here. (Photos by Sarah Webb)
Priests and deacons from across the Philadelphia Archdiocese join religious and lay faithful Dec. 3 in the cathedral to pray for the nine priests named monsignors.
Archbishop Chaput speaks to the priests and the congregation at the evening Liturgy of the Word.
The documents declaring the honors by Pope Francis upon the nine archdiocesan priests are ready to be given to the monsignors.
Father George Strausser receives the papal honor naming him a monsignor from Archbishop Chaput.
The naming of monsignors honors all the priests of the Philadelphia Archdiocese, and the local church as well.
Msgr. Angelo Citino poses with the archbishop.
Msgr. Joseph Corley receives congratulations from the archbishop.
Msgr. Thomas Dunleavy and the archbishop celebrate the joy of the moment.
Msgr. John Eckert receives the warm congratulations of the archbishop.
Msgr. William Kaufman and the archbishop.
Msgr. Paul Kennedy and the archbishop.
Msgr. Henry McKee and the archbishop.
Msgr. George Strausser and the archbishop.
Msgr. Robert Vogan and the archbishop.