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May 12, 2009


Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia, will ordain six men to the priesthood who have completed their studies at Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary in Wynnewood.

Saturday, May 16, 2009
Procession 9:45 a.m.
Mass 10:00 a.m.
Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul
18th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway

Ordination will take place during the Mass following Cardinal Rigali's homily. At the time of Ordination each of the newly ordained priests will be assigned 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. Jonathan J. Dalin; Rev. Mr. Anthony Rossi; Rev. Mr. Jeffrey M. Rott; Rev. Mr. Richard J. Smith; Rev. Mr. Michael G. Speziale; and Rev. Mr. John Weber. The six men from Archdiocese of Philadelphia parishes are among 18 members of the Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary Class of 2009 from 11 dioceses, including 10 in the United States and one in Cajamarca, Peru.

Live streaming video if the Ordination Mass will be available at

Editor's Note: Individual releases on each new priest are available at Photographs of the Ordination candidates are available by e-mailing or calling the Office for Communications at 215-587-3747.

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.

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Dan Skalski
St. Charles Seminary Program Director

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