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Cardinal Blase J. Cupich to Ordain Six Priests for the Archdiocese of Chicago

Ceremony at Holy Name Cathedral on Saturday, May 20

Chicago, IL (May 17, 2017) – Cardinal Blase J. Cupich will ordain six priests at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 20 at Holy Name Cathedral on State and Superior Streets in Chicago. The men range in age from 27 to 44 and come from the United States, Poland, and Mexico.

Each man completed four to six years of graduate study at the University of Saint Mary of the Lake/Mundelein Seminary or in Rome and served for a period of time as a deacon.  After ordination, the new priests will serve in parishes in Chicago, Niles, Park Ridge, Volo and Waukegan.

The priesthood is the second order or grade in ordained ministry in the Catholic Church.  Catholics believe that the priesthood was instituted by Jesus, himself.  By ordination the priest becomes a co-worker with the bishop and under his authority exercises the three apostolic functions as a teacher of doctrine, a priest of sacred worship and a minister of pastoral leadership.  Pastors are responsible for the pastoral care of their parishes.  Each of these men will be assigned as an associate pastor, assisting a more senior priest in these pastoral roles.

ORDINANDS

Miguel Venegas Aceves, 28, from Guadalajara, Mexico, will have his first assignment at St. Agnes of Bohemia Parish in Chicago’s Little Village neighborhood. He will celebrate his first Mass on Saturday, May 20 at 6 p.m. at St. Paul, 206 East 25th Street in Chicago Heights.

Radley Alcantara, 29, from Portage, Indiana, will have his first assignment at St. Anastasia Parish in Waukegan.  He will celebrate his first Mass on Saturday, May 20 at 4:30 p.m. at Nativity of Savior Church, 2949 Willowcreek Road, in Portage, Indiana.

Timothy Anastos, 28, from Mundelein, Illinois, who studied in Rome, will have his first assignment at Mary, Seat of Wisdom Parish in Park Ridge. He will celebrate his first Mass on Sunday, May 21 at 10:30 a.m. at Most Blessed Trinity Parish, Immaculate Conception site, 508 Grand Avenue in Waukegan.

Moises Navarro, 27, from Chicago, will have his first assignment at Most Blessed Trinity Parish in Waukegan.  He will celebrate his first Mass on Sunday, May 21 at 1:15 p.m. at St. Francis of Assisi, 813 West Roosevelt Road in Chicago.

Trenton Rauck, 44, from Indianapolis, will have his first assignment at St. Peter Parish in Volo. He will celebrate his first Mass on Sunday, May 21 at 10:30 a.m. at St. John Cantius, 825 North Carpenter Street in Chicago.

Przemyslaw Tomczyk, 28, from Lodz, Poland, will have his first assignment at St. John Brebeuf Parish in Niles. He will celebrate his first Mass on Saturday, May 20 at 4 p.m., at St. Christina Parish, 11005 South Homan Avenue in Chicago.

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