Pictured from left to right: Fr. Sean Toole, SJ; Fr. Robert Hussey, SJ, Maryland Province provincial; Fr. John Peck, SJ; Bishop Clark; Fr. Brent Otto, SJ; Fr. John Cecero, SJ, USA Northeast Province provincial; and Fr. Dennis Baker, SJ.
Photos from the 2015 Jesuit Ordination Mass
June 18, 2015 – On June 13, the Most Reverend Matthew H. Clark, retired bishop of Rochester, N.Y., ordained Jesuits Dennis Baker, Brent Otto, John Peck, and Sean Toole to the priesthood at the Fordham University Church. They were among the 28 Jesuits ordained priests in the U.S. and Canada at ceremonies this month.
Hundreds of friends, family members, loved ones and fellow Jesuits gathered as these four men took a major step in their lives of service to the Lord. Their call to priesthood in the Society of Jesus required them to undergo extensive training — from the moment they entered the Society as novices to when they’re ordained — a process that can take anywhere from eight to twelve years.
To read biographies of this year's Jesuit ordinands, click here.
Below is a slideshow featuring highlights from the day. Photo credit: Harisch Studios.
Jan. 19, 2017 - Fr. George Collins, SJ, will complete his tenure as president of Cheverus High School on June 30, 2017, to return to pastoral spiritual ministry. Fr. Robert Pecoraro, SJ, has been selected to serve as the interim president as the board of trustees conducts a national search for a permanent successor.
Jan. 11, 2017 - After completing a national search, the board of trustees of Nativity School of Worcester announced the appointment of Patrick T. Maloney as the new school president effective immediately. Maloney has served as the interim president since July 2016.
Jan. 11, 2017 - More than 650 people braved a winter snowstorm to celebrate Fr. James Keenan, SJ, Xavier High School’s legendary 29th president, as he marked his 80th birthday and 60th anniversary as a Jesuit on Jan. 7.
Jan. 11, 2017 - Next year, the Jesuit-educated Astronaut Jeanette Epps will make history by being the first African American to live and work aboard the International Space Station. Epps will leave the Earth's atmosphere in May 2018 and stay aboard the space station for six months.
Jan. 9, 2017 - In his first prayer video of 2017, Pope Francis talks about Christian unity. “In Today’s world, many Christians from various churches work together to serve humanity in need, to defend human life and its dignity, to defend creation, and to combat injustice.”