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Class of 2005 - Ordination of Two Men to the Priesthood

REMINDER
Class of 2005 - Ordination of Two Men to the Priesthood
Saturday, May 14, 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

ALBUQUERQUE - Friday, May 13, 2005 - IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Archbishop Michael J. Sheehan will preside at the Archdiocese of Santa Fe’s Ordination, Class of 2005, on Saturday, May 14, 2005, 10:00 A.M. at St. Francis Cathedral in Santa Fe. The ordinands are Rev. Mr. Stephen J. Imbarrato and Rev. Mr. Anthony E. Romero. The newly ordained will be assigned to parishes within the Archdiocese immediately after the Ordination Mass.

We have two men ready to be ordained to the Priesthood. The Priesthood is all about service of others in the name of Christ. Ordination will give these two men authority needed for service. We thank God for them. …  Archbishop Sheehan

Rev. Mr. Imbarrato, 53 is the son of the late Mario and Beatrice Imbarrato of New Hope, NY. He attended New Jersey schools: St. John the Evangelist ES and Bergen Catholic HS. He graduated from Manhattan College, Bronx, NYC, NY; and Fairleigh Dickinson University, Teaneck, NJ. Prior to entering Holy Apostles College and Seminary, Rev. Mr. Imbarrato was a retail manager for 15 years, a restaurant entrepreneur for 10 years, and an adjunct college professor for 10 years. In April 2004, he was ordained Deacon by Bishop Daniel Hart at Holy Apostle Seminary and ministered at San Pedro Apostol Parish, Puerto Rico and at St. Mary Star of the Sea Parish, New London, CT. He graduated from Holy Apostles Seminary May 6, 2005 with a Masters of Divinity and Masters of Theology/Bioethics. Rev. Mr. Imbarrato was awarded the prestigious title of Valedictorian of the Holy Apostles 2005 graduating class. His first Mass of Thanksgiving will be Sunday, May 15, 2005 at St. Anthony Parish, Pecos, NM. Homilist will be Rev. Douglas Mosey, CSB.

Rev. Mr. Romero, 41 is the son of Rolando Romero and Beatrice Nevares of Santa Fe, NM. He attended Santa Fe schools: St. Ann’s ES, Larragoite ES, St. Michael’s HS, Santa Fe HS, and Santa Fe Community College. He completed his priestly formation at Holy Apostles Seminary May 6, 2005. Prior to entering Holy Apostles Seminary, Rev. Mr. Romero was worked with the City of Santa Fe Senior Citizen Program, drove commercial trucks and busses and was in charge of ARCA’s Day-Habilitation Site (a program which assists people with developmental disabilities.) In April 2004, he was ordained Deacon by Bishop Daniel Hart at Holy Apostle Seminary and ministered at Risen Savior Catholic Community in Albuquerque. His first Mass of Thanksgiving will be Sunday, May 15, 2005 at Our Lady of Guadalupe, Santa Fe, NM. Homilist will be Rev. Michael J Shea.



BACKGROUND
: 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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