On April 9, seven seminarians at St. John Vianney were admitted as Candidates for Holy Orders. James Cardinal Stafford presided at the Mass wherein the seven men took their first step towards ordination.
The rite of candidacy was instituted by Paul VI who desired a new formal rite by which an aspirant for holy orders would declare his intention to move towards ordination. In the rite, the man moving towards priesthood promises to faithfully complete his academic and priestly formation until he is one day accepted and ordained first a deacon and then a priest.
Cardinal Stafford reminded the seminarians of their call to grow in wonder over the truths of the faith. His homily focused on the moment of candidacy as a crossing of the threshold into a new phase of priestly formation.
Please pray for the seven men admitted to candidacy this month as well as all seminarians preparing for ordinations to the diaconate and priesthood.
Those admitted as Candidates on April 9, 2016:
Zachary Boazman – Archdiocese of Oklahoma City
Alexander Kroll – Archdiocese of Oklahoma City
Christopher Gossen – Diocese of Phoenix
Estevan Wetzel – Diocese of Phoenix
Juan Adrian Hernandez-Dominguez – Archdiocese of Denver
Adam Bradshaw – Archdiocese of Denver
Christopher Marbury – Archdiocese of Denver