May 13, 2015

Archbishop Chaput to Ordain Seven Men to the Priesthood

The Ordination Mass will be streamed live at

Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap. will ordain seven men to the Priesthood for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. The Rite of Ordination will take place during Mass following Archbishop Chaput’s homily.

Saturday, May 16, 2015
9:45 a.m. (Procession)
10:00 a.m. (Mass)
Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul
18th Street and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, PA 19103

Those being ordained are: Rev. Mr. Daniel J. Arechabala, Rev. Mr. James Cardosi, Rev. Mr. Alexander R. Gibbs, Rev. Mr. Steven W. Kiernan, Rev. Mr. Addisalem T. Mekonnen, Rev. Mr. Kevin Mulligan, and Rev. Mr. Joseph S. Zaleski.

Each of the newly ordained priests will be assigned to a parish in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia where they will serve as parochial vicars. A parochial vicar is a priest appointed by the Archbishop to assist the pastor of a parish.

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Editor’s Note: Individual news releases on each new priest are available at Photos are also available. Please contact Jhoselyn Martinez to request photograph at

An audio and video mult-box feed will be provided in the parking lot of the Cathedral. Please enter on 17th Street, between Race and Vine Streets. Crews will need a bnc connector and a recording deck or a live truck. Television cameras will not be permitted in the Cathedral. Reporters and still photographers will be permitted in the Cathedral but are asked to remain clear of the center aisle.

Jhoselyn Martinez
Communications Specialist