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May 15, 2001


The Rev. Mr. John J. Nordeman, 36, son of Mary C. and the late Robert A. Nordeman, will be ordained to the priesthood by Anthony Cardinal Bevilacqua on

Saturday, May 19, 2001
10:00 a.m.
Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul
18th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway

Father Nordeman attended Saint William Elementary School and Cardinal Dougherty High School, both in Philadelphia, as well as Pennsylvania State University before entering St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Wynnewood.

Father Nordeman will offer his First Mass on
Sunday, May 20, 2001
2:30 p.m.
Saint William Church
6200 Rising Sun Avenue

The concelebrants are Reverend Monsignor James E. Mortimer, Reverend Monsignor Stephen P. McHenry, Reverend John B. Wendrychowicz and Reverend Matthew W. Guckin. The homilist is Reverend Joseph G. Watson. The deacons are Rev. Mr. Sean Bransfield and Rev. Mr. Paul O'Donnell.

There are four men in the Class of 2001. This year's Ordination brings the total number of diocesan priests in Philadelphia to 780. At the end of May, 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 Cardinal to assist the pastor of a parish.

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia continues the intensive effort to promote vocations to the diocesan priesthood that was announced by Cardinal Bevilacqua in January 2001, Philadelphia Priest Call. Priest Call consists of billboard, television and radio messages featuring the theme Ordinary Men Called To Do Extraordinary Work as well as grassroots efforts.

Donna Farrell
Broadcast and Media Specialist

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