Congratulations Fr. Chris and Fr. Benedict!

Laying on of Hands: During the Rite of Ordination, after the Election of the Candidates, the Promise of the Elect, and the Litany of Supplication, the elect rise and, each in turn, kneel before the Bishop. The Bishop lays his hands upon the head of each, without saying anything. Then, all priests present do likewise. (Fr. Martin Kobos, OFM Conv. – pastor of Mother Cabrini Catholic Church, Shamokin, PA & Dean of Northumberland Deanery in the Diocese of Harrisburg ~ laying hands on Friar Benedict.) (Fr. Richard-Jacob Forcier, OFM Conv. – Province Secretary, Director of Communications, Spiritual Director of the Companions of St. Anthony ~ laying hands on Friar Chris.)

With praise and gratitude to the Most High God, we Franciscan Friars Conventual of
Our Lady of the Angels Province joyfully announce that
Friar Christopher Dudek, OFM Conv.
Friar Benedict Abugu, OFM Conv.
of our Blessed Agnellus of Pisa Custody (Great Britain/Ireland)
were ordained to the Sacred Order of the Priesthood
through the imposition of hands and the invocation of the Holy Spirit,
on Saturday. April 27, 2019, at 11:00 a.m.
by Bishop Mitchell T. Rozanski, of the Diocese of Springfield, MA, at the
Basilica of St. Stanislaus, Bishop & Martyr, in Chicopee, MA.

Prayer of Ordination: Tracing the roots of the priesthood, from Moses and Aaron through Jesus Christ, and situating it within the ministerial life of the Church, the prayer asks for the ordinandi the holiness required to fulfill their vocation to the presbyteral order.  Pictured you will see the Bishop as the main celebrant, flanked by our Minister Provincial (left) and the Custos of our Blessed Agnellus of Pisa Custody – Fr. Ciprian Budău, OFM Conv. (right).

Newly Ordained priest friars, Fr. Benedict (far left at altar) and Fr. Chris (right of bishop at altar) concelebrate the Liturgy of the Eucharist for the first time.

Check back soon for more photos from the Ordination to be found in our
Province Facebook Page Album: 2019 Ordinations to the Priesthood.