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Congratulations to our 27 New Candidates for Holy Orders

Posted on August 29, 2018

Twenty-seven seminarians declared candidacy for Holy Orders at the Mass of the Holy Spirit held in our Chapel of the Immaculate Conception. New Bishops-elect and Mundelein graduates Mark A. Bartosic, Robert G. Casey, and Ronald A. Hicks concelebrated the Mass with Cardinal Blase J. Cupich and the Auxiliary Bishops of the Archdiocese of Chicago. In addition to the seminarians’ Rite of Admission to Candidacy, new faculty members Sister Mila Diaz, O.P., Reverend David Mowry, and Marie Pitt-Payne took the Profession of Faith and the Oath of Fidelity. The community also prayed, by name, for those who have left the seminary in the past year.

Logan Weber (Theology I, Grand Rapids) explained the significance of the Rite, saying, “To receive Candidacy today is full of very deep meaning. Using the familiar dating analogy, this is a sort of ‘engagement’ to the Church. I am saying publicly that I wish to, in due time and with proper formation, receive the sacraments of Holy Orders as a transitional deacon, and as a priest, thereby being espoused to the bride of Christ. While I might not know the way, and I may still have some uncertainties, I do know that the person of Christ is offering me to share in his very life, and to share his bride, the Church.  To receive candidacy is to make a step forward in faith and say that, while I don’t know the way, I have discerned that I am being called to this and that I am desiring to do this for the person I love – Jesus.”

Admission to Candidacy for Holy Orders has two aspects. An aspirant publicly declares that he is committing himself to a program of formation for service to God and to the Catholic Church as an ordained minister, and the Catholic Church, represented by the Archbishop, publicly accepts the aspirant into the ranks of a candidate for Holy Orders.

Acceptance into the ranks of candidates does not constitute a right to receive ordination to the diaconate or priesthood. Rather, it is the first official recognition on the part of the church that there are preliminary signs of a vocation to Holy Orders that remain to be confirmed in subsequent years of formation.

“Candidacy represents a new starting point. Christ is calling me to shed my old life and take on the one He has planned,” said Evan Glowzinski (Theology I, Atlanta). “I publicly proclaim my desire to be a true shepherd in Christ’s Church and give myself completely to that process so that one day, God willing, I will be ordained to lay my life down for His people.”

The men approved for candidacy are:

Cody John Armock – Grand Rapids, MI
Manuel Rafael Barrios – San Jose, CA
Joseph Edward Brom – Chicago, IL
Jose Antonio Camacho – Chicago, IL
Angelbert Chijoke Chikere – San Jose, CA
John Patrick DePalma – Seattle, WA
Casey Joseph Flack – Dubuque, IA
Jose de Jesus Flores – Chicago, IL
Evan Michael Glowzinski – Atlanta, GA
Jesse Earl Hiett – Springfield-Cape Girardeau, MO
Seth Gregory Hostetler – Cheyenne, WY
Matthew Ryan Howard – Atlanta, GA
David Adam Jameson – Grand Rapids, MI
Michael Elliot Klatt – Chicago, IL
Lucio Lopez – Chicago, IL
Christian Melendez-Cruz – Yakima, WA
Matthew Nicholas Newland – Seattle, WA
Joseph (Quoc Tuan) Nguyen – San Jose, CA
Matthew Ryan Ockinga – Yakima, WA
Andrew Miles Panzer – Chicago, IL
Eric Benjamin Rewa – Grand Rapids, MI
Richard Rivera, Jr. – Tucson, AZ
David John Sacha – Grand Rapids, MI
Christopher M. Stoker – Dubuque, IA
Angel Adan Tarango Ceballos – El Paso, TX
Benjamin Paul Valentine – Dubuque, IA
Logan Charles Weber – Grand Rapids, MI

 

The Church accepts your resolve with joy. May God who has begun the good work in you bring it to fulfillment.