From a press release by the Archdiocese of Detroit:
Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron will ordain seven men to the Catholic priesthood, six of them for the Archdiocese of Detroit, at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 22, at Blessed Sacrament Cathedral, 9844 Woodward Avenue in Detroit. The public is invited to attend. Those being ordained for Detroit are Deacons James Arwady, Adalberto Espinoza, Craig Giera, John Dumas, Bernardo Ramirez and Michael Zuelch. Deacon Benedict Ehinack is being ordained for the Archdiocese of Douala in Cameroon. Following the ceremony, the newly ordained will greet family and friends at a reception on the cathedral grounds.
James Arwady, 37, of Sterling Heights is the son of Lester and Judy Arwady. His home parish is SS. Cyril and Methodius, Sterling Heights. He grew up attending the parishes of Our Lady of Victory, Northville; St. Thomas More, Troy; and Sacred Heart, Auburn Hills.
Benedict Ehinack, 27, of Douala, Cameroon, who graduated from Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit, will be ordained for his home diocese, the Archdiocese of Douala. He is the son of Joseph and Marie-Salome Behina in Cameroon and grew up attending St. Antony of Padua Parish in Kumba-Mbeng and St. Joseph Parish in Bonaberi.
Adalberto Espinoza, 42, of Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, Mexico, is the son of Stephen and Maria Elva Espinoza. His home parish is Our Lady of Guadalupe in Nuevo Laredo.
Craig Giera, 32, of Sterling Heights is the son of Dave and Sylvia Ann Giera. His home parish is SS. Cyril and Methodius, Sterling Heights. He grew up attending St. Rene Goupil Parish in Sterling Heights.
John Dumas, 48, of Oxford is the son of the late Joseph Dumas and the late Dorothea Dumas. His home parish is Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Grotto) in Detroit. He grew up attending St. Joseph Parish in Lake Orion.
Bernardo Ramirez, 41, of Guadalajara, Mexico is the son of Jose Guadalupe Cruz and Maria de Jesus Ramirez. His home parish is St. Gabriel in Detroit.
Michael Zuelch, 39, of Grosse Pointe Farms, is the son of Michael and JoAnn Zuelch. His home parish is St. Edward on the Lake in Lakeport. He grew up attending St. Paul Parish in Grosse Pointe Farms.
Nine other graduates of Sacred Heart Major Seminary also will be ordained this year. Eight who will be ordained in their own home dioceses are Javier Hoyos-Huaman of Cajamarca, Peru; Ted Mauch of Gary, Ind.; Sean Palas of Belleville, Ill.; Anthony Strouse of Lansing; Mathias Thelen of Lansing; Pieter VanRooyen of Lansing; Andrew Vogel of Winona, Minn.; and Thomas Wasilewski of Lansing. Additionally, graduate Anthony Kathawa will be ordained in Southfield for the Chaldean Eparchy of St. Thomas the Apostle.
Information from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops on the Priesthood Ordination Class in the U.S. in 2010 can be found at www.usccb.org/vocations/classof2010.
Please pray for these men, and all priests and seminarians.
After he is ordained, the Rev. John Dumas will celebrate his First Mass at Assumption Grotto at 9:30am in a Solemn High Mass for Pentecost. It will also be an orchestra Mass. (Haydn's "Paukenmesse").
Men were also ordained this past week to the diaconate. I'll have more on this later when I have specifics. If anyone has some numbers and other details, drop a note in the combox for us.
A number of seminarians at SHMS are on pilgrimage in the Holy Land. Check out their blog.
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