MADISON -- Bishop Robert C. Morlino joyfully announces the ordination of Deacons John Patrick Blewett, Osvaldo Briones Césped, and George Alexander Navarro Sáenz, all members of the Society of Jesus Christ the Priest, to the Sacred Order of Priests, this Friday, July 31, at 5:30 p.m., at the Bishop O'Connor Catholic Pastoral Center in Madison.
Through the laying on of hands and the prayer of consecration these three men will be ontologically transformed into priests, called to attend no longer to their own concerns, but to those of Christ and to those of the people of God.
"This will certainly be a great day for these three men and their families, and it will be a great day for the Society of Jesus Christ the Priest, but it will also prove to be a great day for the Diocese of Madison and all of Christ's Church," remarked Bishop Morlino. "The Church will have three new priests striving to care for the Lord's flock; to preach the Gospel and teach the faith; to celebrate faithfully and reverently the liturgy of the Church in accord with Church tradition; to pray without ceasing for those entrusted to their care, and to be resolved to unite themselves more closely everyday to Christ the High Priest," he continued.
After their ordination, Deacons John Patrick Blewett and George Alexander Navarro Sáenz along with two additional priests of the Society of Jesus Christ the Priest, Fr. Octavio Carpena Ruiz and Fr. Pedro Escribano Romero, will serve in parishes in the Diocese of Madison. The exact assignments for these priests are yet to be announced by Bishop Morlino. The ordinations and the arrival of Fathers Octavio and Pedro will bring the number of priests of the Society of Jesus Christ the Priest serving in the diocese to eight.
The Diocese of Madison is also happy to announce that it will have 25 men studying for the priesthood this fall at various levels of formation. This number has remained relatively constant for the past few years and it is our hope and prayer that this trend will continue for many years to come.