Cardinal O’Malley to ordain five priests

Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley, head of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston, will ­ordain five priests Saturday, the archdiocese said.

The ceremony, set to begin at 9 a.m. at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross, will be broadcast live on the CatholicTV Network, the archdiocese said.

O’Malley will ordain John Augustine Cassani, 32, who will be the homilist; Thomas Keith Macdonald, 28; Jacques ­Antoine McGuffie, 66; Gerald Alfred Souza, 27; and Christopher William Wallace, 30. ­Cassani was born in Weymouth and was a financial analyst ­before completing his studies at St. John’s Seminary in Brighton. He served his deacon year at Sacred Heart Parish in ­Boston.


Macdonald was born in Westford and graduated from the University of Massachusetts Amherst before studying at the Pontifical North American College in Rome. He served his deacon year at St. Paul Parish in Cambridge.

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McGuffie was born in Port-au Prince, Haiti, and received a bachelor’s degree from Northeastern University and a ­master’s from Boston University before completing seminary at Blessed John XXIII National Seminary in Weston. He served his deacon year at St. Catherine of Alexandria in Weston.

Souza was born in Plymouth and graduated from Franciscan University of Steubenville in Ohio. He completed St. John’s Seminary in Brighton and served his deacon year at St. Mary Parish in Lynn.

Wallace was born in ­Methuen and graduated from Merrimack College in North Andover before completing St. John’s Seminary in Brighton. He spent his deacon year at St. Joseph Parish in Needham.

The new priests will celebrate their first Masses at their respective churches Sunday.

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