Without a word of English, he found friends at Christ the King

It was hard for Sebastian Buritica, 15, when he arrived in Northeast Philadelphia at age 7 from Colombia. But because so many kids accepted him as a friend, he mastered the language, the food and even snow.

From NBA ref to permanent deacon, Steve Javie’s keeping his whistle

After Javie, a retired referee who will be ordained a deacon this Saturday for Philadelphia, moves into parish ministry at St. Andrew's in Newtown, he just might need to stop the action in a contentious meeting.

Are 3 brothers ready to serve their country in the military? Yes, sir!

When the triplets Robert, Jim and Charlie Crossfield graduate from Archbishop Ryan this June, they will head to the U.S. Military Academy, the Naval Academy and Navy ROTC "to give back to hold up the Constitution."

He’s seen the world, but ready to minister in Philadelphia

As a member of the Neocatechumenal Way, Deacon Jonathan Rice has evangelized in many states and countries. But after he is ordained a priest on May 18, he'll put down firm roots in the Philadelphia Archdiocese.

After college at Steubenville, his path opened to priesthood

Deacon Anthony Raymundo moved on from St. Agnes School in West Chester, Devon Prep and Franciscan University before studying at St. Charles Seminary, which he will leave May 18 to be ordained a priest.

Childhood dream of priesthood wavered but never waned

Alexander Pancoast's thoughts of becoming a priest arose at an early age. Even after a teenage crisis of faith, he overcame doubts and fears, leading to his upcoming May 18 ordination as a priest for Philadelphia.

Love of family, influence of priests leads him to ordination

David O'Brien, one of seven children from a close family at St. Peter Parish in West Brandywine, found in his boyhood pastor and high school campus minister models of a joyful priesthood he will join May 18.

He’s young and ready to bring people to God

Alessandro Giardini entered St. Charles Borromeo Seminary right out of Bishop Shanahan High with the intention to let his friends "know God and how much he loves them.” Learn about the young man to be ordained priest on May 18.

Our man from Assisi: Road to priesthood brings him to Phila.

Deacon Francesco D'Amico wanted to be a pro soccer player in his native Italy until an injury, and the Neocatchumenal Way, changed his course. Now he prepares for ordination for the Philadelphia Archdiocese.

Young man left NYC scene behind; now he’ll become a priest

David Buffum left a good job in Manhattan and a partying lifestyle in Brooklyn after a conversion experience drew him to a church, then home to Delaware County and now to the cusp of priestly ordination this May.