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May 15, 2006


The Rev. Mr. Christopher R. Cooke, 32, son of Randall and Mary Lou Cooke, will be ordained to the priesthood by Cardinal Justin Rigali on

Saturday, May 20, 2006
Procession 9:45 a.m.
Mass 10:00 a.m.
Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul
18th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway

A member of Saint Vincent de Paul Parish, Richboro, Father Cooke graduated from Council Rock High School before earning a degree in chemical engineering from the University of Delaware. He worked as a chemical process engineer before entering Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary in Wynnewood. He currently serves as a deacon at Saint Katherine of Siena Parish in Wayne.

Father Cooke will celebrate his First Mass on

Sunday, May 21, 2006
3:00 p.m.
Saint Vincent de Paul Church

The homilist is Reverend Monsignor Philip J. Cribben. The deacons are Rev. Mr. Keith Chylinski and Rev. Mr. Charles C. Smith. Concelebrants include Reverend Joseph McLaughlin and Monsignor Cribben.

There are three men in the Class of 2006. 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.


Editor's Note: If you would like to receive a photograph of Father Cooke electronically, please contact the Communications Office at 215-587-3747 or contact Matthew Gambino at

Matthew Gambino
Associate Director

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