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May 13, 2004


Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia, will ordain four men to the priesthood on

Saturday, May 15, 2004
9:45 a.m. Procession
10:00 a.m. Mass
Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul
18th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway

Ordination will take place during the Mass, following the homily. 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.

Those being ordained are: Rev. Mr. Stephen P. DeLacy, Rev. Mr. Mark E. Fernandes, Rev. Mr. Lawrence F. Kozak and Rev. Mr. Joseph P. Lea. All have completed studies at Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary in Wynnewood.

The average age of the class of 2004 is 31. Two of those being ordained, Rev. Mr. DeLacy and Rev. Mr. Kozak, attended Monsignor Bonner High School in Drexel Hill, Delaware County. Rev. Mr. Lea is a former theology teacher at Bishop Shanahan High School in Downingtown, Chester County and Rev. Mr. Fernandes has a brother that is a Diocesan priest.


Editor's Note: Video cameras will not be permitted in the Cathedral during the Mass. Reporters and still cameras will be allowed. There will be a mult-box feed (audio & video) provided outside the Cathedral. Television/radio crews will need a BNC connector and recording deck.

John L. Cox
Communications Assistant

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