Please join us in praying for and congratulating the men from Kenrick-Glennon seminary who are being ordained to the Sacred Priesthood and Transitional Diaconate in 2018. Thank you for supporting them as they prepare to devote their lives to the service of Christ and His Church.

Ordination to the Transitional Diaconate: May 5, 2018

The transitional diaconate is the final year in preparation for ordinations to the priesthood.

Ordination to the Holy Priesthood: May 26, 2018

Click here for coverage in the St. Louis Review.

For a full, detailed list of men from Kenrick-Glennon Seminary being ordained to the priesthood in dioceses around the country, visit kenrick.edu/ordinations.

Ordination to the Permanent Diaconate: June 2, 2018

On Saturday, June 2, Archbishop Carlson will ordain 25 men as permanent deacons, the largest ordination class in archdiocesan history. In 1985 and 1989, Archbishop John L. May ordained 24 men as permanent deacons.


About Ordinations

ImageAccording to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), the total number of potential ordinands to the priesthood 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 USCCB has detailed information about the Rite of Ordination on their website, usccb.org