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May 13, 2009


The Rev. Mr. Richard Smith, 26, son of James and Susan Smith, will be ordained to the priesthood by Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia, on

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

A native of Philadelphia, Rev. Mr. Smith has been serving as deacon at Mother of Divine Providence Parish, King of Prussia, Montgomery County. He attended Saint Matthias Parish School in Bala Cynwyd, PA and Roman Catholic High School (2001), Philadelphia, before entering Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary in Wynnewood. Mr. Smith earned a Bachelor of Arts (2005) and Master of Divinity (2008) degree at Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary.

Father Smith will celebrate his First Mass on
Sunday, May 17, 2009
2:00 p.m.
Saint John the Baptist Church
146 Rector Street, Philadelphia

The homilist is Reverend Ronald Jakows. The deacons are Deacon Gaspero Baratta and Deacon Mark Dillon. Concelebrants include Reverend Monsignor John Conway; Reverend Ronald Jakows; Reverend James Lyons; and Reverend Robert Pesarchick.
There are six Archdiocese of Philadelphia men in the Class of 2009. At the end of May, each of the newly ordained priests will be assigned to an Archdiocesan parish 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 Smith electronically, please contact the Communications Office at 215-587-3747 or

Dan Skalski
St. Charles Seminary Program Director

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