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CARDINAL GEORGE TO ORDAIN THIRTEEN
PRIESTS FOR THE ARCHDIOCESE OF CHICAGO

Eleven from Mundelein Seminary and Two for the Canons Regular of St. John Cantius

Chicago, IL ( May 14, 2008 ) — Francis Cardinal George, O.M.I., Archbishop of Chicago, will confer the sacrament of priestly ordination in two separate ceremonies this month on thirteen men who will serve as priests for the Archdiocese of Chicago.

This Saturday, May 17, at 10 a.m. Cardinal George will ordain eleven men from the University of St. Mary of the Lake / Mundelein Seminary at St. Juliana Church, 7201 N. Oketo Ave., Chicago. This is the first class since 1984 not to be ordained at Holy Name Cathedral, which is currently closed for structural repairs.

In ceremonies on Thursday, May 29, beginning at 7:30 p.m. at St. John Cantius Church, 825 N. Carpenter, Chicago, Cardinal George will ordain two professed members of the Canons Regular of St. John Cantius as priests for the Archdiocese of Chicago. The Canons Regular of St. John Cantius is a Roman Catholic religious community of priests and brothers founded in the Archdiocese of Chicago in 1998. Members devote themselves in parish ministry to a restoration of the sacred in liturgy, art, music and Church history. This Mass of Ordination on May 29 will be offered in Latin.

For the last four years, 11 of the men have been working toward their Master of Divinity degree at Mundelein Seminary where they studied the Bible, sacraments, theology, church history, moral theology, homiletics, pastoral care and Canon Law. They also participated in two, three-month internships, working full-time in the parishes of Cook and Lake counties, and in hospitals and institutions across the United States.

The men being ordained from Mundelein Seminary represent a culturally diverse group from four continents and five countries – Poland, Mexico, Columbia, Ecuador and Tanzania. They came to prepare to become priests for the Archdiocese of Chicago at places of formation/discernment at: Bishop Abramowicz Seminary Program for seminarians coming from Poland, Casa Jesús for young, Hispanic men, and the Tuite Program at St. Joseph College Seminary at Loyola University, for African-American and African young men. The newly ordained priests, whose average age is 29.5 years old, will begin serving in parishes in the Archdiocese on July 1.

One of the men being ordained for the Canons Regular of St. John Cantius is from Waukegan and the other from Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Both men are over 40 years of age and completed their seminary training at Holy Apostles Seminary in Cromwell, CT, following professional careers.

Being ordained at St. Juliana Church on May 17 are:

  • Juan Pablo Ávila Ibarra, 29, was born, raised and completed his elementary and secondary education in Mexico and is the fourth of his parents’ 10 children. Ávila Ibarra studied for 10 years in the seminary in Aguascalientes, Mexico, before coming to Chicago and enrolling in Casa Jesús and Mundelein Seminary. Ávila Ibarra’s first Solemn Mass of Thanksgiving will be at 6 p.m. on Sunday, May 18, at St. Frances of Rome Parish, 1428 S. 59th Ct., Cicero. Beginning July 1, he will be assigned to St. Agnes Parish, 1501 Chicago Rd., Chicago Heights.
  • Diego Berrió, 27, was born, raised and completed his elementary and secondary education in Columbia. After attending the Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana in Medellin, Berrio entered law school, but left to study philosophy and to consider the priesthood. After finishing his philosophy studies, he was accepted into Casa Jesús and Mundelein Seminary. Berrió’s first Solemn Mass of Thanksgiving will be at 10:30 a.m. on May 18 at St. Nicholas of Tolentine Parish, 6200 S. Lawndale Ave., Chicago. Beginning July 1, he will be assigned to St. Edna Parish, 2525 N. Arlington Heights Rd., Arlington Heights.
  • Maciej Galle, 30, was born, raised and completed his elementary and secondary education in Poland. Following high school, Galle studied at the Catholic University of Lublin for five years, earning a master’s degree and licentiate (J.C.L.) in canon law and a degree in journalism. He then studied at a seminary for three years in Czestochowa before enrolling in Mundelein Seminary. Galle’s first Solemn Mass of Thanksgiving will be at 3 p.m. on May 18 at St. Priscilla Parish, 6949 W. Addison St., Chicago. Beginning July 1, he will be assigned to St. Stephen Deacon and Martyr Parish , 17500 84th Ave., Tinley Park.
  • Jose María García-Moldonado, 28, was born, raised and completed his high school and college seminary studies in Jalisco, Mexico. After coming to Chicago, where he worked in a Des Plaines factory for a year, he entered Casa Jesús and Mundelein Seminary. His first Solemn Mass of Thanksgiving will be at 1:30 p.m. on May 18 at St. Leonard Parish, 3318 S. Clarence Ave., Berwyn. Beginning July 1, he will be assigned to St. Sylvester Parish , 2157 N. Humboldt Blvd., Chicago.
  • Michal Lewon, 27, was born, raised and completed his elementary, secondary and college education in Poland, attending Uniwersytet Warminsko-Mazurski . Lewon spent two years with his family in Chicago in the early 1990’s where he attended St. Wenceslaus Parish on the northwest side. He returned to Poland, but soon came back to Chicago and enrolled in St. Joseph College Seminary and Mundelein Seminary . His first Solemn Mass of Thanksgiving will be at 6 p.m. on May 17 at St. Constance Parish, 5843 W. Strong St., Chicago. Beginning July 1, he will be assigned to St. Mary Parish , 126 Herrick Rd., Riverside.
  • Thadeo Mgimba, 33, was born, raised and completed his elementary and secondary education in Tanzania before attending the Salvatorian Institute of Philosophy in Tanzania and Tangaza College in Kenya . Before coming to the U.S., he entered the Consolata Missionaries order. He enrolled in the Tuite Program at St. Joseph College Seminary at Loyola University and Mundelein Seminary . His first Solemn Mass of Thanksgiving will be at 5 p.m. on May 17 at St. Ignatius Parish, 6559 N. Glenwood Ave., Chicago. Beginning July 1, he will be assigned to Holy Name of Mary Parish, 11159 S. Loomis St., Chicago.
  • Laurent Mhagama, 33, was born and raised in Tanzania where he attended the Spiritan Missionary Seminary. He then attended Tangaza College in Kenya before coming to Chicago and enrolling in the Tuite Program at St. Joseph College Seminary at Loyola University and Mundelein Seminary . He was for a time a member of the Congregation of the Passion (Passionists). His first Solemn Mass of Thanksgiving will be at 11 a.m. on May 18 at Our Lady of Loretto Parish, 8925 S. Kostner Ave., Hometown. Beginning July 1, he will be assigned to St. Christopher Parish, 14641 S. Keeler Ave ., Midlothian.
  • Robeth Molina, 38, was born, raised and completed his university education in Ecuador at the Pontifical University before attending Mundelein Seminary. While in college in Ecuador, Molina heard a reflection by Michael Cerles, a French mathematician priest that opened a conversation with God that led to his vocation. His first Solemn Mass of Thanksgiving will be at 5 p.m. on May 25 at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish , 1775 Grove St., Glenview. Beginning July 1, he will be assigned to Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish in Glenview.
  • Marcin Szczypula, 26, was born, raised and completed his seminary education in Poland before coming to Chicago to enroll in the Bishop Abramowicz Seminary Program and Mundelein Seminary. While a third year theology student, he participated in the Border Awareness Program in El Paso, TX with other students during his Thanksgiving break. His first Solemn Mass of Thanksgiving will be at 3 p.m. on May 8 at St. Blasé Parish, 6101 S. 75th Ave., Argo. Beginning July 1, he will be assigned to SS. Cyril & Methodius Parish , 608 Sobieski St., Lemont.
  • Grzegorz Wojcik, 27, was born, raised and completed his education in Poland, including Wyzsze Seminarium Duchowne in Kielce. He then came to the U.S. and enrolled in Mundelein Seminary. His first Solemn Mass of Thanksgiving will be at 11 a.m. on May 18 at St. John the Evangelist Parish, 502 S. Park Blvd., Streamwood. Beginning July 1, he will be assigned to Sacred Heart Parish , 8245 W. 111 th St., Palos Hills.
  • Przemyslaw “Peter” Wojcik, 27, was born, raised and completed his elementary and secondary education in Poland. He then attended the Catholic University of Pope John Paul II and the Metropolitan Seminary in Lublin before coming to Chicago and enrolling in the Bishop Abramowicz Seminary Program and Mundelein Seminary. While a law school student, Wojcik served as president of the Catholic Youth Society and was a leader of the Agnus Dei youth choir. He was also a journalist for the Polish National Catholic Journal and is the author of a book on Poland’s Marian shrines. His first Solemn Mass of Thanksgiving will be at 3:30 p.m. on May 18 at St. John Brebeuf Parish, 8307 N. Harlem Ave., Niles. Beginning July 1, he will be assigned to St. Francis Xavier Parish, 524 Ninth St., Wilmette.

Being ordained at St. John Cantius on May 29 are:

  • Bartholomew Juncer, S.J.C., 50, was born in Waukegan, IL and graduated from St. Bartholomew Grade School in Waukegan and Quigley Preparatory Seminary (North). Juncer earned two B.A. degrees in Theology and communication arts, as well as an M.A. in religious education, from Loyola University in Chicago. He also earned his M.A. in school administration from DePaul University. Juncer’s professional career includes 25 years as a Catholic high school educator, the first four as a teacher and the last 21 as an administrator, including 10 years at St. Viator High School in Arlington Heights. He will celebrate his first Mass at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 1, at St. John Cantius Parish, 825 N. Carpenter, Chicago. He will be assigned to St. John Cantius Parish after his ordination.
  • Anthony Rice, S.J.C., 45, was born in Tuscaloosa, AL, and graduated from Holy Spirit Grade School in Tuscaloosa and Tuscaloosa High School. Rice earned a B.S. degree in secondary education/history and an M.A. degree in student personnel from the University of Alabama. He served at various times as the Director of Student Activities at North Carolina Wesleyan College, the University of South Carolina/Sumter and Georgia Southern University. He will celebrate his first Mass at 9 a.m. on Sunday, June 1, at St.John Cantius Parish. He will be assigned to St. Peter Parish, 27570 Volo Village Rd., Volo, after his ordination.

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