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CARDINAL GEORGE TO ORDAIN ELEVEN MEN FOR ARCHDIOCESE OF CHICAGO
Ceremonies at Holy Name Cathedral and St. John Cantius Parish

Chicago, IL (May 13, 2013) – Francis Cardinal George, OMI, Archbishop of Chicago, will ordain ten new priests at 10 a.m., on Saturday, May 18, at Holy Name Cathedral, State and Superior Streets in Chicago.  Later this month, Cardinal George will ordain a priest for the Archdiocese of Chicago for service in the Canons Regular of Saint John Cantius.  The men, ranging in age from 26 to 53, include six from the Chicago area and one each from Haiti, Mexico, Poland and Uganda. 

In ceremonies held earlier this month at the University of St. Mary of the Lake / Mundelein Seminary, these seminary graduates received a Master of Divinity degree.  After ordination, the new priests will serve in parishes in Chicago, Evergreen Park, Lake Forest, Libertyville, Niles, Orland Park, Round Lake and Tinley Park.

ORDINANDS

Geofrey Andama, 31, born in Uganda, is assigned to Immaculate Conception Parish, 7211 West Talcott in Chicago.  He will celebrate his first Mass on May 18, at 5:30 p.m., at St. Christopher Parish, 4130 West 147th Street in Midlothian. 

Mark Augustine, 28, from Evergreen Park, is assigned to Our Lady of Ransom Parish, 8300 North Greenwood in Niles. His first Mass is May 19, at 11:15 a.m., at St. Clement Parish, 642 West Deming Place in Chicago.

Matthew Bozovsky, 33, from Des Plaines, will have his first assignment at St. Joseph Parish, 121 East Maple Avenue in Libertyville.  He will celebrate his first Mass on May 19, at 11:30 a.m., at St. Joseph Parish, 1747 Lake Avenue in Wilmette.

Thomas Byrne, 29, from Chicago, is assigned to St. Michael Parish, 14327 Highland Avenue in Orland Park. His first Mass is on May 19, at 11:30 a.m., at St. George Parish, 6707 West 175th Street in Tinley Park.

Brendan Guilfoil, 28, from Elk Grove, will have his first assignment at St. Mary Parish, 175 East Illinois Road in Lake Forest, and will celebrate his first Mass on May 18, at 5 p.m., at St. Theresa Parish, 455 North Benton in Palatine.

Julio Jimenez, 26, born in Acambay, Mexico, is assigned to St. Joseph Parish, 114 North Lincoln Avenue in Round Lake, and will celebrate his first Mass on May 19, at 11:30 a.m., at St. Cletus Parish, 600 West 55th Street, in La Grange. 

Kevin McCray, 53, born in Marion, Indiana, will have his first assignment at Queen of Martyrs Parish, 10233 South Central Park in Evergreen Park. His first Mass will be on May 26, at 11:15 a.m. at St. Clement Parish, 642 West Deming Place in Chicago.

Roberto Mercado, Jr., 32, from Arlington Heights, is assigned to St. George Parish, 6707 West 175th Street in Tinley Park, and will celebrate his first Mass on May 19, at 3 p.m., at St. Benedict Parish, 2215 West Irving Park Road in Chicago.

Rodlin Rodrigue, 38, from Cerca-Carvajal, Haiti, will have his first assignment at St. Benedict Parish, 2215 West Irving Park Road in Chicago. His first Mass will be on May 19, at 11 a.m., at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish, 680 West Belmont Avenue in Chicago.

Rafal Stecz, 29, born in Myszkow, Poland, is assigned to St. Pascal Parish, 3935 North Melvina Avenue in Chicago, and will celebrate his first Mass on May 19, at 9 a.m. (in English) and at 12 p.m. (in Polish)  at St. Pascal Parish.

On Friday, May 31, at 7:30 p.m., Cardinal George will be the main celebrant at a Mass at Saint John Cantius Parish, 825 North Carpenter Street in Chicago, during which he will ordain Robin Kwan a priest of the Archdiocese of Chicago for service in the Canons Regular of Saint John Cantius. 

More information about the new priests can be found on the Catholic New World web site, www.catholicnewworld.com.

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