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Five ordained to the priesthood

The Class of 2006: Boston’s newest and most welcome priests following their ordination Mass: (l to r): Father William Dunn, Father Darin Colarusso, Father Ixon Chateau, Cardinal Seán O’Malley, Father William Ventura, and Father William Palladino Pilot photo/John Cooper.

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SOUTH END — In a society that values self-fulfillment and personal gratification, five men pledged their lives to the service of God and of His people at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross in Boston.

On May 27, Cardinal Seán P. O’Malley ordained Fathers Darin Colarusso, William Palladino, Ixon Chateau, and William Ventura — all of St. John’s Seminary in Brighton and Father William Dunn of Blessed John XXIII National Seminary in Weston as hundreds of family, friends, fellow seminarians, priests, bishops and religious witnessed the joyous event.

Cardinal O’Malley lauded the candidates during his homily.

“These candidates are witnesses of the resurrection,” he said.

Comparing the seminarians to the disciples on the road to Emmaus spoken of in the Gospel reading, the cardinal added, “On the journey of their lives, their paths have crossed with the path of Jesus who asks, ‘Where are you going?’ and like the disciples in the Gospel, they are fashioning the direction of their lives on His call.”

“Oftentimes the Lord is speaking and no one is listening. Or the ones who are listening do not know it is the Lord,” he added.

“The whole Church is indebted to you for your willingness to serve as Christ’s priests,” he declared.

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