Seattle Vocations Blog

Thoughts from priests, seminarians, and religious on discernment
and living out your vocation in the real world.


Ordinations 2019

May 07, 2019

June 8: Thomas Tran

10:00 AM, St. Michael, Olympia  |  Bishop Eusebio Elizondo presiding


June 22: Benjamin Bray, Tyler Johnson, Carlos Orozco

10:00 AM, St. James Cathedral, Seattle  |  Archbishop Sartain presiding


Priesthood ordination is an incredibly joyful moment for the candidate and for the entire church! After years of discernment and formation, a man is ready to offer everything for Jesus and for God’s people. The three promises of obedience, celibacy, and a life of simplicity provide an opportunity to be fruitful and generative in ministry. The newly ordained becomes a priest for life, chosen by God and the church to offer the sacraments, preach the faith and shepherd God’s people.

For the individual seminarian ordination is filled with great support and celebration from their Archbishop, family, friends, mentors, priests, Crozier members, Serra clubs, Knights of Columbus, seminarian faculty, and even their vocation director! There are many special parts of the rite that make this mass very unique and interesting if you are able to attend such as: the prostration and litany of saints, laying on of hands, prayer of ordination (highlighting the ministry of the priest), anointing of hands with sacred chrism, passing on of the chalice and paten, etc. We hope you are able to attend this year June 22nd, 10:00 AM at St. James Cathedral.

Ordination is a major step in their formation but for newly ordained priests their formation continues through their ministry (the people teach them in their affirmation and in their questions) and through their first five years of being a priest in ongoing priestly formation training such as spirituality, learning how to be a pastor, etc.

Thank you for all of your support for our priests and seminarians and we hope to see you at an ordination soon!

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