Fathers Shawn P. Carey, Israel J. Rodriguez, Frank D. Camp, David W. Gunter, Seán M. Maher and Huy H. Nguyen pose with Cardinal Seán P. O’Malley following their May 23 ordination Mass at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross. Pilot photo/Gregory L. Tracy
SOUTH END -- Six men from different walks of life all came together at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross May 23 to consecrate their lives to the Church.
Cardinal Seán P. O’Malley ordained Fathers Seán M. Maher and Huy H. Nguyen from St. John’s Seminary in Brighton; Fathers Frank D. Camp and David W. Gunter from Blessed John XXIII National Seminary, Father Israel J. Rodriguez from the Redemptoris Mater Archdiocesan House of Formation, and Father Shawn P. Carey from the St. Patrick Seminary in Menlo Park, Calif. as hundreds of family, friends, fellow seminarians, priests, bishops and religious witnessed the joyous event.
During his homily, the cardinal marveled at the diversity of this year’s ordinands: a widower, a deaf man, an Irish immigrant, a member of the Neocatechumenal Way, a Hispanic man and a Vietnamese man.
“A half a century ago in this cathedral, they would have been ordaining about 50 men to the priesthood, but those huge ordination classes did not begin to reflect the diversity, the catholicity of today’s class,” Cardinal O’Malley said.
“It’s truly a microcosm of the Church today,” he said.
The cardinal greeted each of the ordinands warmly, as well as their friends and families.
“Your prayers and support have enabled these men to respond courageously and generously to the call to serve Christ and his Church as Catholic priests,” he said.