Philly Archdiocese preparing to ordain largest class of new priests in 12 years

Mark Abrams
May 12, 2019 - 4:00 am
Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- Seven men will step forward to answer the call Saturday, May 18 for ordination to the priesthood serving in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. 

It's the largest class of men to be ordained for service in the archdiocese in 12 years.

Bishop Timothy Senior, rector of St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Lower Merion, says some among the candidates faced personal hardship and struggles before choosing a path of service..

"Like many young people in our culture today, they have experienced great challenges in their life," Senior said, "struggles in their families, difficulties for a time away from the church themselves and re-discovering the great gift of faith."

Senior says the new priests understand the impact the clergy sex abuse scandal has had on the people of God and they're undeterred in their mission.

"The wounds are still there, most especially of course for victims and for their families," he said. "Our men know that, they've lived through it from their perspective being in the seminary and very much want to be catalysts for healing in the church and bringing the message of mercy and the love of God to all people."

Archbishop Charles Chaput will ordain the seven during a Mass on Saturday at 10 a.m. in the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul on the Ben Franklin Parkway.