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.
July 19, 2016 - Fr. Robert W. Dahlke, SJ, was called to eternal life on July 18, 2016. He was born on April 9, 1934 in Peekskill, NY, entered the Society of Jesus on July 30, 1952. He was ordained on June 10, 1965, at the Fordham University Church and pronounced his final vows on February 2, 1968.
July 13, 2016 - July 14 is the feast of St. Kateri Tekakwitha, the first Native American saint in the Catholic Church who converted to Christianity after being inspired by Jesuit missionaries in what is now upstate New York.
July 7, 2016 - After 11 years of leading Centro Altagracia de Fe y Justicia, Richard Espinal is moving on as executive director of the Jesuit social ministry that is devoted to helping northern Manhattan community members put their faith into action.
July 7, 2016 - In his seventh Apostleship of Prayer video, Pope Francis speaks on his prayer intention of Respect for Indigenous Peoples. "I want to be a spokesman for the deepest longings of indigenous peoples,” says Pope Francis, “and I want you to add your voice to mine in a heartfelt prayer that all will respect indigenous peoples, threatened in their identity and even in their existence."
July 1, 2016 - On June 24, 1841, Fordham University and Fordham Prep were founded together as St. John's College a small Catholic college in the Bronx. This year marks the 175th anniversary for both schools.