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May 14, 2007


The Rev. Mr. John E. Donia, 27, son of John and Deborah Donia, will be ordained to the priesthood by Cardinal Justin Rigali on

Saturday, May 19, 2007
Procession 9:45 a.m.
Mass 10:00 a.m.
Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul
18th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway

A native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, his most recent assignment was deacon at Mother of Divine Providence Parish, King of Prussia. He attended Our Lady of Mount Carmel School, St. Joseph's Preparatory High School before entering Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary in Wynnewood.

Father Donia will celebrate his First Mass on
Sunday, May 20, 2007
2:30 p.m.
Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church
South Philadelphia

The homilist is Reverend David E. Diamond. The deacons are Rev. Mr. Brian M. Kean and Rev. Mr. Shane D. Stevens. Concelebrants include Reverend Monsignor John T. Conway, Reverend Monsignor Thomas J. Duane, Reverend Monsignor Daniel J. Sullivan, Reverend Michael C. DiIorio, Reverend David E. Diamond and Reverend Stephen A. Moerman.

There are seven men in the Class of 2007. 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 Donia electronically, please contact the Communications Office at 215-587-3747 or contact Meredith Wilson at

Meredith Wilson
Communications Specialist

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