May 19, 2023

Reverend Mr. Anthony J. Albanese to be Ordained to the Priesthood by Archbishop Nelson J. Pérez

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

The Reverend Mr. Anthony J. Albanese, 37, son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas and Debra Albanese, will be ordained to the Priesthood by Most Reverend Nelson J. Pérez, Archbishop of Philadelphia.

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

A native of Philadelphia, Deacon Albanese has been serving as a transitional deacon at Saints Simon and Jude Parish in West Chester (Chester County) for the past year in final preparation for Ordination to the Priesthood.

He attended Saint Callistus School in Philadelphia and Amosland Elementary School (1994-1996) in Morton (Delaware County); Ridley Middle School (1996-1999) and Ridley High School (1999-2003) in Ridley Park (Delaware County).

He earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Spanish and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education from Villanova University (2008), as well as Master of Arts of Philosophical Studies (2019), Master of Divinity (2022), and Master of Arts in Theology (2023) Degrees from Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary, Wynnewood.

Father Albanese will celebrate his First Solemn Mass of Thanksgiving on
Sunday, May 21, 2023
3:00 p.m.
Saints Simon and Jude Church
8 Cavanaugh Court
West Chester, PA 19382 (Chester County)

The homilist will be Reverend Michael Gerlach. Concelebrants include Most Reverend Edward Deliman, Most Reverend Michael Fitzgerald, Reverend Monsignor Thomas Dunleavy, Reverend Monsignor William Kaufman, Reverend Monsignor Michael McCulken, Reverend Monsignor Thomas Murray, Reverend Monsignor John Savinski, Reverend Andrew Brownholtz, Reverend Thomas Higgins, Reverend Christopher Cooke, Reverend James Keating O.S.A., Reverend Jason Buck, Reverend Lee Makowski O.S.A., Reverend Paul Castellani, Reverend Nick Martorano O.S.A., Reverend Philip Lowe, Reverend Francis Danielski, and Reverend David Buffum.

Catholic Philly recently published a profile on Deacon Albanese’s journey to the priesthood. To read his profile, “‘A Yearning for Learning’ Leads Spanish Teacher to the Priesthood,” please click here.

There are seven men from the Archdiocese of Philadelphia in the Ordination Class of 2023. Following the conclusion of Mass with the Rite of Ordination, they will be assigned to an Archdiocesan parish where they will serve as parochial vicars. A parochial vicar is a priest appointed by the Archbishop to assist the pastor of a parish.

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.


Editor’s Note: If you would like to receive a photograph of Deacon Albanese, please contact the Office for Communications at 215-587-3747 or email [email protected].  

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
Communications Specialist
215-587-3747 (office)