Calling them “priests of the New Evangelization,” Cardinal Donald Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington, ordained five new priests at the June 16, 2012, Mass of Priesthood Ordination at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.
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Or contact the Office of Priest Vocations at 301-853-4580
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This video, Blessed John Paul II Seminary, highlights the opening of a new seminary for the Archdiocese of Washington. Cardinal Donald Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington, formally established this house of formation at a Mass on October 22, 2011, the feast day of the former pontiff, who was beatified in Rome in May 2011 and for whom the seminary is named.
“This new seminary is a manifestation of the New Evangelization. We see Blessed John Paul II’s legacy continued in the formation of new priests in this archdiocese. The men who will be formed here are preparing to be priests of this millennium, the agents of the Holy Spirit renewing the face of the earth and the voice of the New Evangelization calling all people near and far to embrace the Lord Jesus and to respond to the call, “Who do you say that I am?” and “Do you love me?”"
— Cardinal Donald Wuerl
For more information on vocations, please visit http://www.dcpriest.org
Also visit us at http://www.adw.org
In his encyclical letter issued in June 2009 proclaiming a Year for Priests, our Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI, speaks about the special reality and function of the priest. The Pope tells us that the priest today is “to embody Christ’s presence and to bear witness to his saving mercy” so that the priest “continues the work of redemption on earth.”
The sacramental priesthood is truly a gift for the Church that comes from Christ himself, from the very fullness of his own priesthood. It is in this realization that we rejoice with our newly ordained priests, their families, friends and the whole Church of Washington.
This is also a time to extend once again an invitation to young men throughout this area: Ask if God might be calling you to manifest your love for Christ by a commitment to him as a priest of his Church. While we are all called to holiness, some are called to serve the Church as priests. That call goes out every day. This we know because Christ himself told us that he recognizes that “The harvest is abundant but the laborers are few” (Matthew 9:37). Perhaps someone you know or even yourself might be one of those called to labor – as a priest – in the harvest of souls.
Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl
Archbishop of Washington
For more information, visit adw.org or contact the Office of Priest Vocations at 301-853-4580.