Most Reverend Nelson J. Pérez To Ordain Seven Men to the Priesthood for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia

The Ordination Mass will be streamed live at, Facebook Live at and

Most Reverend Nelson J. Pérez, Archbishop of Philadelphia, will ordain seven men to the Priesthood for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. The Rite of Ordination will take place during Mass following the Liturgy of the Word.  

Saturday, May 20, 2023
10:00 a.m.
Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul
18th Street and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, PA 19103

Those being ordained are: Reverend Mr. Anthony J. Albanese; Reverend Mr. Shane M. Flanagan; Reverend Mr. Randall J. Kraft; Reverend Mr. Phong T. Le; Reverend Mr. John C. Okpara; Reverend Mr. Kenneth I. Omeke; and Reverend Mr. Wesly L. Taveras.  

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 Archbishop to assist the pastor of a parish with his pastoral and administrative duties.

Thanks to the generous support of the Catholic Foundation of Greater Philadelphia, the Mass will be streamed live via the Archdiocesan Vimeo Channel (; Archbishop Pérez’s Facebook page (; Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary’s website (; and Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary’s Facebook page (; beginning at 10:00 a.m.

Please contact Daniel Kearns with any technical concerns regarding the live stream coverage at 215-888-0305 (cell).

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Editor’s Note: Individual news releases on each new priest are available at  Photos are also available. Please contact Jhoselyn Martinez to request an official photograph at [email protected].   

A press audio/video mult-box clean feed will be provided with multiple HD-SDI video (BNC) and mic/line (XLR) connections. Crews will need a live truck or recording device. Broadcast Media outlets will have parking space in the Archdiocesan Pastoral Center parking lot. The parking lot entrance is located on 17th Street. 

Background on Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary

Founded in 1832, Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary has been forming men for priestly service in the Catholic Church for more than 190 years. Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary will be relocating to Lower Gwynedd Township. It includes the construction of a new chapel, and a student life center which will consist of a refectory, classrooms, library, administrative offices, fitness center and additional housing for seminarians and resident faculty. Its inauguration is scheduled for the 2024-2025 academic year. For more information on Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary, please call 610-667-3394 or visit, FacebookTwitterLinked InInstagram or YouTube.

About the Catholic Foundation of Greater Philadelphia 

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Jhoselyn Martinez
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