Philadelphia Archdiocese celebrates increased number of new priests

Six men to be ordained on Saturday

Mark Abrams
May 14, 2018 - 12:18 pm
Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The Philadelphia Archdiocese is celebrating a threefold increase in the number of men who will be ordained to the priesthood later this week during ceremonies in the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.

Father Dennis Gill, rector of the cathedral, says Archbishop Charles Chaput will ordain six men to the priesthood this Saturday at 10 a.m. during a special Mass.

Last year, he says, the archdiocese had only two new priests.

"In the midst of a very troubled world, and a church that struggles with so many issues, we're blessed to see an increase in vocations to the holy priesthood, especially at St. Charles Seminary," Gill said. "More and more men are hearing the Lord call them, and they're responding."

Gill says the pool of new candidates studying for the priesthood is strong.

"That has a lot to do, not just with the men responding to God's call, but the support of the whole church for these men and for their vocation. So, the future looks very promising."

Gill says the archdiocese is hopeful the growth will continue, because priests are needed to fill vacancies left by the rising number of retirements of long-serving priests.