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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.

Sean McMenamin keeps Irish roots firmly in Philly soil

The grand marshal of Philadelphia's St. Patrick's Day parade and Cheltenham resident came to the U.S. in 1966 seeking better prospects for work. The Irish people, he said, "are survivors. That is in our DNA.”

Teaching teens the value of life is her life’s work

Martha Short received the top award from Pennsylvanians for Human Life Feb. 24 for her work leading the educational organization for 20 years, a role she practically inherited from her pro-life parents.

Couple’s key to 50 married years is personal bond with Christ

From hosting rosary groups and faith-sharing groups in their home to leading courses on marriage and parenting, Michele and John Doman of Visitation Parish in Norristown focus on a personal relationship with God and growing in fellowship with his followers.