Archbishop Carlson to Ordain Two Men to Sacred Priesthood

May 24, 2018
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Archdiocese of St. Louis ranks in top five nationally in number of ordinations per 100,000 Catholics

WHAT: Priestly Ordinations for the Archdiocese of St. Louis
WHO: Archbishop Robert Carlson and two men receiving the Sacrament of Holy Orders
WHEN: Saturday, May 26, 2018, 10 a.m.
WHERE: Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis (4431 Lindell Boulevard)

ST. LOUIS – Most Reverend Robert J. Carlson, Archbishop of St. Louis, will confer the Sacrament of Holy Orders on Reverend Mr. Gerson Parra and Reverend Mr. Christopher Rubie on Saturday, May 26. The candidates for ordination, or “ordinands,” will receive the Sacrament of Holy Orders in culmination of several years of rigorous study and spiritual development at Kenrick-Glennon Seminary. The candidates graduated from Kenrick School of Theology with a Master of Arts in Theology and a Master of Divinity.

“This year the archdiocese will be ordaining two excellent new priests,” said Fr. James Mason, president-rector of Kenrick-Glennon Seminary.  “In addition to serving as President-Rector of the seminary this year, I was also privileged to be the Formation Advisor to our two ordinandi.  They both are men who have a heart for evangelization and bringing the Good News of Jesus Christ and His Church to the world.  I look forward to them joining our priestly fraternity and am confident they will serve God’s people in love and fidelity.”

The Archdiocese of St. Louis has the most active diocesan priests per Catholic of any major diocese in the country at 1 per 2,380 based on 2016 data. For the decade between 2006 and 2016, the archdiocese ranked in the top five in number of ordinations per 100,000 Catholics alongside the Archdiocese of Newark (New Jersey), the Archdiocese of Atlanta, the Diocese of Paterson (New Jersey), and the Diocese of Arlington (Virginia).

According to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, the total number of potential ordinands across the country for the class of 2018 is 430. About 590 men were expected to be ordained to the priesthood in 2017, and 548 in 2016.

Part of the rite of ordination includes the laying on of hands by the bishop, a tradition that began with the original Twelve Apostles and has continued in an unbroken line throughout the entire 2,000 year history of the Catholic Church. The new priests receive supernatural graces through the Sacrament of Holy Orders whereby they are able to act in persona Christi (in the person of Christ) when they hear confessions and offer the sacrifice of the Mass, which is a bloodless re-enactment of Christ’s sacrifice on Good Friday.

The Mass of Priestly Ordination begins at 10 a.m. at the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis, 4431 Lindell Boulevard, in the Central West End.

A recording of the Mass and ceremony, as well as additional background information about the ordinands and the Rite of Ordination will be posted at