Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley will ordain 13 men to be priests Saturday morning in Boston, the largest group for the archdiocese in nearly two decades, according to the archdiocese.
“These newly ordained priests will bring the sacramental presence and the care and compassion of Jesus Christ to the people they serve,” O’Malley said in a statement Friday. “We thank them for the commitment to join their fellow priests in the Archdiocese and throughout the Church in witnessing the presence of the Lord to Catholics from all walks of life and all people in their parishes and local communities.”
The 13 men will be ordained at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross in the South End at 10 a.m. Saturday. They range in age from 25 to 67, and hail from as far away as Poland and the Philippines, the Archdiocese of Boston said in a statement. The CatholicTV Network will broadcast the entire service.
Here’s a look at the soon-to-be priests:
The Rev. Joseph Roy Almeida, 36, went to public school in Massachusetts and has a degree in computer information systems, and two degrees from St. John’s Seminary: a bachelor’s in philosophy and a master’s in theology. He will be assigned to St. Mary of the Assumption in Brookline.
The Rev. Maciej Araszkiewicz, 40, was born in Bydgoszcz, a northern city in Poland, and went to school in the country. He has two advanced degrees, a doctorate in mechanical engineering and a master’s in computer science. He was formerly a deacon at Our Lady of Assumption in East Boston and will celebrate Mass there on Sunday.
The Rev. Corey Bassett-Tirrell, 38, went to primary and secondary school both on Cape Cod and East Boston. He has certification in mortuary services and worked for years in funeral services before entering Pope St. John XXIII Seminary.
The Rev. Christopher John Boyle, 40, set up a care home for autistic adults with the help of his parents after he graduated from college. He taught history and theology at Catholic Memorial High School in West Roxbury, where he was also a football, baseball, and swimming coach. When he was a deacon, he served at a US Air Force installation in Aviano, in northern Italy.
The Rev. Marcos Enrique, 35, was born in Spain and came to the United States, where he attended middle school in East Boston. His father is the editor of The Pilot, the newspaper for the Archdiocese of Boston.
The Rev. Timothy Paul Hynes, 36, was homeschooled for junior and senior high school in New Hampshire. He has a master’s degree in philosophy from Boston College and was formerly a missionary in Lima, Peru.
The Rev. Przemyslaw Tomasz Kasprzak, 35, was born and raised in Poland and has a master’s degree in production engineering from a university there. He was formerly a deacon at St. Patrick Parish in Brockton.
The Rev. Brian Peter O’Hanlon, 33, was born and raised in Virginia as the eldest of five children. Before entering St. John’s Seminary, he was an information security scientist at the Mitre Corp., a not-for-profit company that “operates multiple federally funded research and development centers,” according to its website.
The Rev. Mark Teodor Olejnik, 30, studied theology at Boston College. He was born in Brighton, and went to elementary and middle school in Marlborough and high school in Chelsea. He was previously a deacon at St. Paul Parish in Cambridge.
The Rev. William Henry Robinson, 35, was previously a civilian contract specialist for the Air Force at Hanscom Air Base in Bedford. He is currently a member of the Air Force Chaplaincy Program.
The Rev. Carignan Langlois Rouse, 30, a Tallahassee, Fla., native, went to primary and secondary school in the capital city. He has a degree in philosophy from St. Philip’s Seminary in Toronto.
The Rev. Victor Luna Vitug, 67, born and raised in the Philippines, has a bachelor’s degree from De La Salle University in Manila. He was formerly a deacon at St. Joseph Parish in Lynn, where he will return for Mass Sunday.
The Rev. James Paul Wargovich, 25, was born in Weymouth and was homeschooled for elementary school through high school. He graduated from Providence College in Rhode Island with a bachelor’s degree in philosophy.