On June 8, 2019, five Jesuits from the Maryland and USA Northeast Provinces were ordained to the priesthood by Cardinal Joseph Tobin, Archbishop of Newark.
They were among 22 Jesuits in the United States, Canada and Haiti to be ordained this summer. This year’s Ordination Mass for our two East Coast provinces was a picture-perfect day. Hundreds of friends and family gathered at Fordham University Church to celebrate these five men completing their formation journey to the priesthood. From left to right in the photo are Adam Z. Rosinski, SJ (Maryland Province); Christopher E. Grodecki, SJ (Maryland Province); Ricardo Ávila Natividad, SJ (USA Northeast Province); Richard H. Nichols, SJ (Maryland Province); and Vincent J. Marchionni, SJ (Maryland Province).
These men from Philadelphia, Illinois, Texas and Baltimore who stood before God, fellow Jesuits, family and friends, were ordained priests to serve the Church and the People of God. A decade of formation that comprised studies, ministry, prayer and discernment, culminated in this heartfelt commitment to serve Jesus by going where the need is greatest.