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Ordination of Four Men to the Priesthood

Pictured with Archbishop Michael J. Sheehan are: Rev. John Cannon, Rev.Dino Candelaria; Rev. James Marshall; Rev. Gerald Johnson; Rev. ScottMansfield, Vocations Director; and Rev. Dennis Garcia, Associate Vocations Director

ALBUQUERQUE- Tuesday, May 18, 2003- IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Ordination of Four Men to the Priesthood
Class of 2004
Saturday, May 22, 10:00 A. M.
St. Francis Cathedral in Santa Fe

It was not you who chose me, but I who chose you.  John 15:16

Archbishop Michael J. Sheehan will preside at the Archdiocese of Santa Fe’s Ordination Class of 2004 on Saturday, May 22, 2004, 10:00 A.M. at St. Francis Cathedral in Santa Fe.

Archbishop Sheehan said,

The ordination of these four men is a source of great joy for me personally. I know they will serve the people of our beautiful Catholic Church with all their hearts. They will make a real difference in the lives of those they serve and they will be ambassadors of Jesus Christ in their priestly ministry. By the grace of God, prayers of family members and good examples of priests, the men have responded to God’s call to priesthood.

The ordinands are: Rev. Mr. Dino Candelaria; Rev. Mr. John Cannon; Rev. Mr. Gerald Johnson; and Rev. Mr. James Marshall.

Rev. Mr. Candelaria, 54 was born in Los Angeles, CA and baptized at St. Peters Italian Catholic Church also in Los Angeles. He is the son of the late Carlos and Desolina Candelaria. He attended St. Charles School, Sandia HS and the University of New Mexico. Prior to entering Holy Apostles Seminary in 1999, Rev. Mr. Candelaria was an independent artist. In June 2003, he was ordained Deacon and ministered at St. Francis Assisi Parish in Middletown, CT. A first Mass of Thanksgiving is planned for St. Thomas Aquinas Parish, Rio Rancho on Sunday, May 23, 2004.

Rev. Mr. John Cannon, 38 was born in Albuquerque, NM and baptized at Capital Christian Church in Santa Fe, NM. He is the son of Malcolm and Barbara Cannon. He attended Kearney ES, Capshaw JH and Santa Fe HS. Prior to entering Holy Apostles College and Seminary in 1999 he worked as an automotive technician in Santa Fe. Rev. Mr. Cannon was awarded the prestigious title of Valedictorian of the Holy Apostles 2004 graduating class.
On Sunday, May 23, 2004, he will celebrate his first Mass of Thanksgiving at St. Francis
Cathedral, where he was received into full Communion with the Church at the 1991 Easter Vigil.

Rev. Mr. Gerald Johnson, 51 was born in Albuquerque, NM and baptized at Queen of Heaven Catholic Church in Albuquerque. He is the son of the late Adrian and Leila Johnson.
He attended Scottsdale ES and St. Pius X School in El Paso, St Charles School and Sandia HS in Albuquerque, Colorado State University in Ft. Collins, CO and New Mexico State University in Las Cruces where he received a Bachelor’s Degree in Agriculture. Prior to entering Mt. St. Mary Seminary in Emmitsburg, MD he was a rancher, Navy Pilot, caregiver for his parents and salesman of veterinary pharmaceuticals. As a Deacon he ministered at St. Mark the Evangelist in Greencastle, PA and St. Joseph’s in Emmitsburg, MD, Rev. Mr. Johnson received a Masters in Diversity Degree from Mt. S. Mary Seminary. He will celebrate a first Mass of Thanksgiving at Holy Ghost in Albuquerque on Sunday May 23, 2004.

Rev. Mr. James Marshall, 43 was born in Rochester, NY and baptized at Holy Family Catholic Church in Rochester. He is the son of Phillip and Anita Marshall. He attended Montgomery ES and Del Norte HS in Albuquerque. Prior to entering Holy Apostles in Cromwell, CT, he worked for his father as a carpenter. Since his ordination to the diaconate in June 2003, he has served at St. Joseph and St. Mary Church in Meriden, CT. Rev. Mr. Marshall will celebrate a first Mass of Thanksgiving at his home parish, the Shrine of St. Bernadette in Albuquerque on Sunday May 23, 2004.

All the newly ordained will be assigned to parishes within the Archdiocese after the ordination.

Seminaries address four types of formation: human; spiritual; academic and pastoral. In addition to the academic course work, seminarians participate in a full schedule of spiritual activities, e.g., daily Mass, Liturgy of the Hours (Morning Prayer, Evening Prayer), and spiritual direction and retreats. At each level of seminary training, the seminarian prepares for future pastoral ministry in various settings, such as schools, religious education programs, hospitals and parishes. The formation of priests also includes practical learning: preaching, saying Mass, and pastoral counseling.

The ordination is a sacramental ceremony in which a man becomes a priest and is enabled to minister in Christ’s name and that of the Church. The ordination ceremony includes various rituals, rich in meaning and history. Only a bishop can ordain a priest because he shares in the ministry of Jesus passed down through the apostles. The essential rite of the sacrament will take place when Archbishop Sheehan and other concelebrating priests invoke the Holy Spirit to come down upon the men to be ordained, giving him a sacred character and setting him apart for the designated ministry.

During the ceremony the ordinands will lie prostrate during the ordination symbolizing their unworthiness for the office to be assumed and their dependence upon God and the prayers of the Christian community.

Priests who belong to a religious order (e.g., Benedictine, Dominicans, Franciscans, etc.) take the vows of poverty, chastity and obedience. Diocesan priests make two promises, celibacy and obedience; these promises are part of the ordination ceremony.

 

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