Ordinations to the Priesthood and Transitional Diaconate

The ordination of men to the priesthood and diaconate is a very exciting event 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 and transitional diaconate (in early summer) and permanent diaconate (in January) at the Cathedral of St. Thomas More, and all the faithful are invited to attend.

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 path they've followed to this point, as well as all that goes into these ceremonies. You can also attend one of their first Masses. Come join in these celebrations and give thanks to God!

Ordination Events

Diaconate Ordination: Saturday June 2

All are invited to the Diaconate Ordination for the Catholic Diocese of Arlington at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 2 at The Cathedral of St. Thomas More in Arlington.  

During this wonderful celebration, Nicholas Blank, Edouard Guilloux, Sean Koehr, Will Nyce and James Waalkes will be ordained as transitional deacons, a major step in their journey to the priesthood. Arlington Bishop Michael F. Burbidge will be the celebrant and confer the Sacrament of Holy Orders on these five men.

Holy Hour before Priestly Ordination: Friday June 8

Come spend time with the Lord to pray for our soon-to-be ordained priests of the Diocese.

A holy hour for their intentions will be held from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Friday, June 8 at the Cathedral of St. Thomas More in Arlington, followed by a light reception.

This holy hour includes exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, a reflection or meditation, intercessory prayers and litanies for the men to be ordained, and benediction. All ordinandi will be present and Bishop Michael F. Burbidge, Bishop of Arlington, will preside.

Priesthood Ordination: Saturday June 9

Witness the beauty and power of the Sacrament of Ordination with our ordinandi, Deacons Michael J. Folmar, Nicholas Schierer and Christopher Tipton, and the largest annual gathering of priests in the entire Diocese. The ceremony is at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 9 at the Cathedral of St. Thomas More in Arlington. Arlington Bishop Michael F. Burbidge will be the celebrant and confer the Sacrament of Holy Orders on these three men.

Please note: All priests (including those visiting!) are welcomed to concelebrate at this wonderful occasion. (Those not incardinated in the Diocese of Arlington should contact the Office of Clergy at (703) 841-3809.)

See highlights of last year's 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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Schedule of all First Masses

Come to the "first Mass" of one of our newly-ordained priests or deacons.

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