Jesuits Celebrate Ordination of 15 New Priests

Banner photo: Ordinands at the Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University in Berkeley, California

June 19, 2020 —The Society of Jesus is proud to announce the ordination of 15 new priests in Canada, the United States and Haiti this calendar year. We invite you to meet each ordinand by clicking on their photos in the column to the right.

Ordinands at the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry

Fr. Kevin Kelly, S.J., was ordained May 23 by the Most Reverend Terrence Prendergast, S.J., Archbishop of Ottawa and Alexandria-Cornwall, in one of two ceremonies held in the empty Church of Our Lady of Lourdes in Toronto. Read more about the ceremony by clicking here.

Along with Fr. Kelly, Christopher Kellerman, S.J.; Trevor Rainwater, S.J.; Oshish Tirkey, S.J.; Jean Francky Guerrier, S.J. and Adam Lalonde, S.J., were also ordained to the diaconate by Archbishop Prendergast.

Fr. Joshua M. Peters, S.J., was ordained at Ss. Peter and Paul Jesuit Church in Detroit on Saturday, June 20, 2020, at 12:30pm EDT. Bishop Donald Hanchon, Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Detroit, presided at the ordination. View the recorded livestream:

Fr. Joshua M. Peters, S.J. at his ordination.

Upcoming ordinations:

It’s safe to assume every Jesuit has been asked to tell his vocation story at least once — and probably far more times than that.

But how about boiling that story of a lifetime down to six words or less? This was one of the questions the 15 Jesuits ordained to the priesthood were asked to ponder leading up to these celebrations. 

“Forgiven, healed, loved. Responding in love,” said Kevin Hughes, S.J.

“Go and do likewise (Luke 10:37),” wrote San Mai, S.J.

And Jason Downer, S.J.: “Abundant grace.”

Grace certainly abounds in the lives and vocations of these 15 men from Canada, the United States and Haiti who have said yes to their Catholic faith, yes to the Society of Jesus and yes to the call to ordained priesthood. Their witness is a sign of joyful hope. Their witness is an invitation to all of us to put our faith into action in service to God and our sisters and brothers everywhere. 

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In two of the more memorable and elegantly simple ceremonies in recent history, the Canadian Province of the Society of Jesus gives thanks for the ordination to the priesthood of Kevin Kelly, SJ and the ordination to the diaconate of Christopher Kellerman, SJ; Trevor Rainwater, SJ; Oshish Tirkey, SJ; Jean Francky Guerrier, SJ and Adam Lalonde, SJ through the imposition of hands and the invocation of the Holy Spirit by the Most Reverend Terrence Prendergast, SJ, Archbishop of Ottawa and Alexandria-Cornwall. #AMDG! ????????? ????????? Due to the province of Ontario’s COVID-19 guidelines restricting gatherings to no more than five people, the ordinations took place in two separate live-streamed Masses in the morning and the afternoon of Saturday, May 23 in the empty Church of Our Lady of Lourdes in Toronto. Both the ordaining prelate @ottawacornwall and ordinandi wore masks and gloves during the ordination ritual and observed appropriate physical distance whenever possible. Read more and watch the live streams of both ceremonies at the link in our bio. ????????? #vocations #vocation #religiouslife #priesthood #happypriests #brotherhood #formation #discernment #amdg #admajoremdeigloriam #beajesuit #wearethejesuits #jesuits #jesuit #jesuitas #societyofjesus #catholic #faith #religion

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The formation process (i.e., training) that leads up to Jesuit priestly ordination is a long one, typically lasting 10-12 years and including intensive stages of study, ministry, accompaniment of those on the margins of society, prayer and more — all while living in Jesuit community. This brochure is just a snapshot into the lives of these men throughout their life in the Society of Jesus, capturing some highlights from their journeys and providing a glimpse of their unique personalities. As you learn about them, please keep them in your hearts and in your prayers: 

Loving God,
Like his Savior and brother, Jesus Christ,
St. Ignatius of Loyola gathered companions
for his ministry of faith, hope and love.
We are thankful that so many thousands of others
have answered the call to the Society of Jesus through the ages.
Bless these 15 men who will continue to serve
the Society, the Church and the world as ordained priests.
Never cease to enkindle their love for you and your people.
And strengthen all of us to serve with them as fellow disciples.
We pray this through Christ, Our Lord,

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