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.
Oct. 25, 2016 - On Oct. 22 and 23, 13 Jesuit parishes in the Maryland and USA Northeast Provinces participated in Jesuit Friends and Alumni Sunday by celebrating special Masses for over 450 Jesuit educated graduates and friends of the Society.
Oct. 19, 2016 - Fr. Paul A. Messer, SJ, was called to eternal life on Oct. 18, 2016. Fr. Messer was born on Jan. 16, 1936, in Dorchester, Mass., and entered the Society of Jesus on July 30, 1954. He was ordained priest on June 10, 1967, and pronounced Final Vows on Sept. 21, 1985, at St. Mary’s Chapel, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, Mass.
Oct. 18, 2016 - On June 11, 2016, Jesuits Christopher Ryan and Kevin Spinale were ordained priests at the Fordham University Church. Recently, they shared reflections about their post-ordination assignments through which they have been able to use pastoral skills cultivated over years of formation and apply them to serving the respective parishioners.
Oct. 18, 2016 - For the past four years, Renee Owens has served as the director of Loyola Jesuit Center in Morristown, N.J. In a time where new technology keeps people distracted, Renee works to help create a warm and inviting atmosphere where retreatants can disconnect from everyday life and spend more time connecting with God.
Oct. 11, 2016 - In his most recent video, Pope Francis presents the question, “How can media be put to the service of a culture of encounter?" Pope Francis talks about how media can help us grow closer and better work together. “We need information leading to commitment for the good of humanity and the planet,” said Pope Francis.
Oct. 11, 2016 - Jesuit communities and institutions in the U.S. can help Venezuela’s children and communities weather the severe economic crisis that created shortages of food, medicine and other basic necessities that left some Venezuelans starving.