Ordinations to the Priesthood and Transitional Diaconate

The ordination of men to the priesthood and diaconate are very exciting events for our diocese. Properly called Holy Orders, ordination is the means by which a Catholic baptized male becomes a deacon, priest or bishop. Every year the Diocese of Arlington celebrates Masses of Ordination to the priesthood, the transitional diaconate (seminarians en route to priesthood) and permanent diaconate, and all the faithful are invited to attend. This event will be live-streamed so all can participate.

We the faithful celebrate these ordinations because these new priests and deacons make Christ present and the sacraments more available. The ordinations show us that the Holy Spirit is working in the hearts and minds of the people of the diocese, stirring up in men's hearts the desire to follow and imitate Christ. An ordination may mark the end of formation, but it is also the beginning of life as a priest or deacon: a life of generous service to the faithful of the diocese.

Learn more below about the candidates for ordination, the paths they've followed to this point, as well as all that goes into these ceremonies. Come join in these celebrations (at least virtually) and give thanks to God!

Ordination Events and Coverage

Meet our Future Priests


Mr. James Ryan Joseph

St. Agnes Parish


Mr. Sean-Michael Vincent Nypaver

St. John the Baptist Parish

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CDA Live Stream Mass

Priesthood Ordination: Saturday June 1, 11 a.m., Holy Trinity Catholic Church

Witness the beauty and power of the sacrament of Holy Orders as Bishop Burbidge will ordain Deacons James Joseph and Sean Nypaver to the Priesthood of Jesus Christ.

Transitional Diaconate Ordination: Saturday April 6, 11 a.m., St. Theresa Catholic Church

Bishop Burbidge will ordain 12 men to the transitional diaconate (read more about them below). All are welcome to witness this important step in their formation as future priests of our diocese (livestream link will be accessible from this page).

Meet our soon-to-be-ordained Deacons


Timothy Daniel Banach

St. Charles Borromeo Parish


Emmanuel Carreño García

St. John Bosco Parish


Joseph David Connor

St. Rita Parish


Jordan Alex Evans

St. John the Evangelist Parish


John Fimmuchime

St. Louis Parish/Diocese of Kumbo


Raymond Edward Goins

St. Joseph Parish, Herndon


Andrew Thomas Lewandowski

St. Francis de Sales, Purcellville


Richard Matthew Malebranche

St. Katharine Drexel Mission


John Mark Meyerhofer

Our Lady of Hope Parish


Christian Nyuykonge Njodzela

St. Andrew the Apostle Parish


Michael Charles Sampson

St. Charles Borromeo Parish


Alfredo David Tuesta

St. Louis Parish

Watch the livestream

CDA Live Stream Mass

More information about ordinations

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What happens at an ordination?

The Rites of Ordination to the priesthood and diaconate are rich and meaningful. Read about the different elements.

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First Mass Zinjin

Schedule of all First Masses

Come to the "first Mass" (or watch it live-streamed) of one of our newly-ordained priests.

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Ordinations 2019 priests FC

Ordination Archives

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Seminarians MSM March 2022

Stages of Priestly Formation

Formation, as the Church understands it, is not equivalent to a secular sense of schooling or, even less, job training. Formation is first and foremost cooperation with the grace of God.

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