The largest class of men in 12 years will be ordained new priests for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia – and everyone is invited to the ordination Mass.
Seven men will be ordained by Archbishop Charles Chaput at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 18 at the Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul. It is the most to be ordained since the class of 2007.
Those who cannot attend the Mass can watch it live at the archdiocese’s website or on Facebook.
The class includes the current Transitional Deacons Francesco M. D’Amico, David M. Buffum, Alessandro P. Giardini, David P. O’Brien, Alexander W. Pancoast, Anthony M. Raymundo and Jonathan G. Rice.
(Get to know each of the seven men and learn the stories of their lives in CatholicPhilly.com’s Profile section.)
Since ordinations are public archdiocesan celebrations, all religious and lay people are invited to the Mass to pray for the newly ordained priests who will serve in the parishes, schools and ministries of the archdiocese.
The cathedral is located at 18th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia.
The day after the ordination, each of the newly ordained priests will celebrate his first Mass at a parish church in the archdiocese (click on each to read his Profile):
David Buffum, Sunday, May 19 at Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Morton, with Father Richard Smith as the homilist;
Francesco D’Amico, Sunday, May 19 at 12:15 p.m. at St. Aloysius Parish in Pottstown;
Alessandro Giardini, Sunday, May 19 at 2 p.m. at St. Joseph in Downingtown, with Father Frank Giuffre as the homilist;
David O’Brien, Sunday, May 19 at 3 p.m. at St. Peter in West Brandywine, with Father Michael Fitzpatrick as the homilist;
Alexander Pancoast, Sunday, May 19 at 3 p.m. at St. Ephrem in Bensalem, with Father Timothy O’Sullivan as the homilist;
Anthony Raymundo, Sunday, May 19 at 2 p.m. at St. Agnes in West Chester, with Father Joseph Shenosky as the homilist;
Jonathan Rice, Sunday, May 19 at St. Martin of Tours in Philadelphia.
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