Congratulates to Chicago's Newest Catholic priests! On May 17th, the Archdiocese of Chicago announced that 12 new priests will serve Chicagoans this year. They will take up their new assignments on July 1st. Although Cardinal Francis George has been undergoing chemotherapy for cancer, he was on hand to ordain the priests in person at Holy Name Cathedral on Saturday. Our new priests range in age from 25 to 44, and come from a wide variety of places, including Nevada, Poland, Mexico, and of course, Chicago itself. A full list of Chicago's newest priests can be found below:
• Juan Luis Andrade-Limon, age 32, is from Guadalajara, Mexico.
• Connor Coyle Danstrom, age 29, is from Wheaton, Illinois, USA.
• Dan Ignatius Folwaczny, age 28, is from Chicago, Illinois, USA.
• Derek Ho, age 31, is from Buffalo Grove, Illinois, USA.
• Matthew Jamesson, age 29, is from Carson City, Nevada.
• Isaac Lara, age 28, was born in Tlaxcala, Mexico.
• Grzegorz Lorens, age 32, was born in Skarzysko-Kamienna, Poland.
• Francisco Javier Luna Silguero, age 44, is from Monterrey, Mexico.
• James Andrew Mueller, age 28, is from Chicago, Illinois, USA.
• Marek Maciej Smolka, age 29, is from Zakopane, Poland.
• Michael Wyrzykowski, age 35, is from Szczecin, Poland.
• Bradley Angelo Zamora, age 25, is from Chicago, Illinois, USA.
These new priests will be assigned to numerous parishes throughout the archdiocese, including churches in Chicago, Blue Island, Elmwood Park, Northbrook, Palatine, Robbins, Streamwood and Waukegan. In addition to these 12, Cardinal George will also ordain three additional priests for service later this month, and five of the new priests will be assigned to post-graduate studies for one year while serving on the weekends in their parishes. The seminarians that will be ordained later this month include Kevin Mann, SJC, Joshua Caswell, SJC and Nathan Caswell, SJC. They are priests of the Archdiocese of Chicago for service in the Canons Regular of St. John Cantius.
You can learn more about the biographies and plans for Chicago's newest priests by reading about them in Catholic New World, which includes information on their parents, education, first mass, and first assignments within the Archdiocese.
So let's hear it for them. Congratulates again to the class of 2014!