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May 11, 2010


The Rev. Mr. James R. DeGrassa, 27, son of Margaret and Russell DeGrassa, will be ordained to the priesthood by Cardinal Justin Rigali on

Saturday, May 15, 2010
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 Ridley Park, PA. Rev. Mr. DeGrassa has been serving as deacon at Saint Robert Bellarmine Parish in Warrington, Bucks County. He attended Cardinal O'Hara High School and earned Bachelor of Arts (2004), Master of Divinity (2009) and Master of Arts (2010) degrees from Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary.

Father DeGrassa will celebrate his First Mass on
Sunday, May 16, 2010
2:30 p.m.
Saint Madeline Church
110 Park Street
Ridley Park, Delaware County

The homilist is Reverend Monsignor James P. Matteo. Concelebrants include Reverend Monsignor James D. Beisel; Reverend Monsignor James P. Matteo; Reverend Monsignor Charles P. Vance; Reverend Michael H. Spitzer; and Reverend Louis P. Bellopede. The deacons are Deacon George E. Morris, Jr., and Deacon Gregory R. O'Brien.

There are six Archdiocese of Philadelphia men in the Class of 2010. 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 DeGrassa electronically, please contact the Office for Institutional Advancement at Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary at 610-785-6231 or

Dan Skalski
Communications/Promotions Coordinator

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