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 at the Cathedral of St. Thomas More, and all the faithful are invited to attend. This year's ordinations will also be live-streamed from the Cathedral 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!

Love One Another: 2022 Ordination Recap

Watch the Ordination Recap on our YouTube channel.

Eight new priests!

Bishop Burbidge ordained Fathers Philip D. Briggs, Peter J. Clem, John F. O'Farrell, C. Mauricio Portillo, Robert C. Renner, Daniel S. Reuwer, Daniel A. Rice and Peter J. St. George to the priesthood at the Cathedral of St. Thomas More. Watch the replay of the Mass, download a copy of the program, and see photos from the ceremony. 

CDA Live Stream Mass

Read the article in the Arlington Catholic Herald

Transitional Diaconate Ordination: Saturday April 23, 11 a.m.

Bishop Burbidge ordained Deacons Jonathan Bennett, Andrew Clark, Timothy Courtney, Zinjin Iglesia, Michael Nugent, Luke Poczatek, Charles Wilton and David Witherow to the Transitional Diaconate at the Cathedral of St. Thomas More.



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CDA Live Stream Mass

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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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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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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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