A diverse mix of 35 new apostles of Christ were ordained to the priesthood in California this year, entering ministry to the state’s Catholics.
The newly-ordained priests include men who heard Christ’s call early in their adult lives, but also men who travelled other paths into middle age before hearing the call. Among them are men who had been surfers, financial managers, space researchers, teachers and musicians, to name a few of those who had previous occupations.
Some are native Californians; others were born in other states. Many were born in Mexico.
The largest ordination took place in Los Angeles where Archbishop Jose H. Gomez ordained nine men for the archdiocese. The diversity of the City of Angels is reflected in the men who became Catholic priests there in 2018.
“Our St. John’s Seminary is full with good men and so is our Queen of Angels Center for Priestly Formation,” Gomez said at the ordination. “Every day we are meeting even more who are searching for their path, praying and trying to discern God’s calling in their lives.
Beyond the nine ordained in Los Angeles, five dioceses each ordained three men this year: Monterey, Oakland, Sacramento, San Diego and San Jose. Two more were ordained in the Orange diocese.
In three religious orders prominent in California–the Society of Jesus (Jesuits), the Order of Preachers (Dominicans), and the Norbertines–a total of nine more were ordained in the state.
Four new Jesuits were ordained at the parish church in San Ysidro, within sight of the Mexican border. The location was selected to underscore the Church’s powerful concern for people in need.
Four Dominicans were ordained in San Francisco–by a fellow Dominican who himself had just been ordained the city’s auxiliary bishop.
In Oakland, Bishop Michael Barber ordained three men: Fr. Arturo Bazan, Fr. Jimmy Macalinao, and Fr. Mario Rizzo.
In San Jose, Fr. Edgar Elamparo, Fr. Francis Kalaw and Fr. Eric Piczon were ordained to the priesthood by Bishop Patrick J. McGrath.
In San Diego, Bishop Robert W. McElroy ordained three new priests for the diocese: Fr. Oscar Lopez, Fr. Antonio Morales and Fr.Eric Tamayo.
In Sacramento Bishop Jaime Soto ordained Fr. Jesus Hernandez, Fr. Rene Jauregui and Fr. German Ramos in the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament.
All were born in Mexico and began their priestly studies there. Frs. Hernandez and Jauregui completed studies at St. Patrick’s Seminary in Menlo Park while Fr. Ramos finished his studies at Mount Angel seminary in Oregon.
In Monterey, retired Bishop Sylvester Ryan ordained Fr. Dat Dac Nguyen, Fr. David Anthony Ramirez, and Fr. Rodrigo Paredes Cardona and they have moved quickly into parish ministry. Fr. Nguyen, for example, now is the vicar at Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa, the historic community founded in 1772 by St. Junipero Serra and today the main parish for the city that still carries its name. (Bishop Richard Garcia, who died in July, was too ill to preside at the ordination.)
In Orange, Bishop Vann ordained Fr. Gaston Mendiola Arroyo and Fr. Aristotle Quan for the diocese.
The Norbertines, whose community centers on their monastery in the Orange County hills, also added a priest when Bishop Vann ordained Fr. Pio Carlo Vottola, O.Praem, for the order. He is a native of San Pedro.
While the need for more vocations in the American church remains urgent, recent trends indicate some growth, according to the National Religious Vocations Conference.
In 2017 (most recent data) it counted 590 ordinations in the U.S., taking place in 140 dioceses and 32 religious orders. That is nearly 20 per cent more ordinations over 2013 when there were 497 ordinations in 119 dioceses and 30 religious orders.
Well, Catholics need to wonder here: what is the quality of these priests? Are there homosexuals here? Those that are fine with sodomites becoming priests and are afraid to stand up and say, “what you do is forbidden by God.” And, what of other concerns. So many priests are simply ignoramuses when it comes to Church doctrine, — the real thing — not the People Magazine variety of Catholicism. Do they truly know scripture, know Latin, know the Catechism, know all of Church history (not just starting with VII), all of that and more. More priests are good, but not if the priests are more wolf than shepherd.
No good deed goes unpunished?
Prove that the Church’s priests are “ignoramuses when it comes to Church doctrine.”
Just talk to one.
The blank stare speaks volumes.
jon and Frank, I don’t know whether they are ignorant or non-accepting. My pastor has taught (not from the pulpit) that people get their glorified bodies when they die. I had a former pastor who gave many sermons that contained statements such as “The Church teaches this, but I think this…”
And when you get into Scripture, they tell you more reasons why you don’t have to believe it…”it was written for the time and culture…this is a nod to the pagan cultures of the time…this was added later”
There are some good priests, though. We need more of them. Jesus said to pray for workers for the harvest.
SC . You really sound like extreme Protestant Fundamentalist. Maybe you’d be happier in another Church? We pray for vocations at my parish every Sunday and when we get them you attack the new priests without knowing anything about them. Really!!
Why don’t you NewChurchers read the post? The point is that many, many priests today simply do not know the True Faith. They come into parishes and do not teach their flocks about reality of sin, about the absolute need of redemption, about the fact that the Church is not of this world, that they must resist their own concupiscence, that within every Catholic Church is the Real Presence of Jesus Christ, and that they must pray the Rosary. Too many Catholics are taught, instead, to relish their own sexuality, to deify the environment, and believe in the collectivist approach to worship and salvation. Fools.
SC, your point is logically wrong, and is called “sweeping generalization” which is termed “dicto simpliciter” in Latin. Not all priests are as you describe, and so painting a broad brush as you just did is wrong, uncharitable, and false.
Ah, “jon,” The posts talk about “many” priests, not “all.” Further, the proofs of this statement are shown in the almost universal disregard (or, possibly, ignorance) of Church doctrine on many issues, with priests often beginning and ending their understanding with Vatican II. No, the Catholic Church did not start with VII (although many believe that it did). But, sin is always sin and judgment will follow. Sadly, the Four Last Things are beyond what many priests now know.
Ok, so “St. Christopher” is now contradicting himself/herself. He/She begins by saying that he/she meant “many” priests, not “all” priests. And then he/she contradicts that point by stating that there is a “universal” disregard. Talking from both sides of one’s mouth there. I rest my case.
“jon,” the word “all” was not used, and the word “universal” was preceded by the word, “almost.” Your sloppy responses and use of “fake news,” though, are not astonishing as you make things up constantly in your posts. In any event, a statement that read “almost all priests are universally ignorant of their faith,” while inelegant, is not materially inconsistent.
I stopped reading at the word “diverse”. That was the second word in the article. Shows you what the agenda is. God save the church from political correctness.
Interesting that the article omits any mention of those priests who died or otherwise left active ministry. Net gain or loss?
My thoughts exactly.
The California population is increasingly diverse, so one might expect diversity in a group such as this. Also, as to foreign born priests, there were a lot of FBI [Foreign Born Irish] in the priesthood not too many years back.
What wonderful news for the Catholic Church in California. How sad to see some people
unable to celebrate such a wonderful gift for the Church.
“Ken M”: Are you paying no attention to the mounds of offal that are heaped on the Lord’s Church by the new and immediately prior generation of bishops and priests? These men (no, not all, but many, many) have failed to learn the Faith, or have rejected it, but then step forward to assume the material glory available to them in the institutional Church. It is a legitimate inquiry, if not a required one, to ask who are these men, what have they learned, what will they (likely) teach and preach to their flocks. Just look at the failures of their bishops, almost uniformly throughout California (no, not all). Of course, Christ can turn out another St. John Vianney or St. John Bosco, even from these. We must pay attention and pray for…
SC’s contentions (that priests have failed to learn the Faith) need to be buttressed by more concrete proof rather than just hearsay. I counter that just because the training of today’s bishops and priests include a positive view of the Second Vatican Council does not mean that priests and bishops of today have “failed to learn the Faith.” Detractors of the Council must be called out.
That “positive view of the Second Vatican Council” has gotten us to where we are today.
We are overrun with priests, brothers and nuns in the Church today because of that Council and it’s “teachings”.
WOW. Blaming the Second Vatican Council for what’s going on these days in terms of cover-ups and abuse is ludicrous. So, FJ, quote for us the pertinent documents from the Council that supports your claim.
sc … “material glory available to them in the institutional Church.” Huh? Priests I’ve known from childhood to now are overworked and underpaid. My mother worried terribly about our last pastor. You seem to be living in a different Catholic Church than the one I’ve been in all my life.
Few live better than bishops, “C&H”. Pastors do fine, as well. Priests get free everything, all the way through to retirement. The point is that they get material certainty, often with little work. And, for many, many clergy, they also get sex in the workplace. We are just finding out how this is so prevalent.
“St. Christopher” cannot possibly know how priests live their life, nor that “they get free everything.” I have priest friends who live frugally, and all live chastely.
I don’t know any bishops but I’ve known a lot of parish priests. Tell me about your parish priests. Are they living high on the hog? Mine aren’t. As for sex, do tell. Is anyone looking through keyholes in your rectory?
Even though we have an extremely nice rectory, my parish priest has a house of his own. Way far away from the parish.
And he travels a lot.
Congratulations on these new ordained priests! God is good! May the mantle of Mary protect you throughout your religious life.
Sad to say NONE in the Archdiocese of San Francisco…..but, soon that will change… as there are top notched seminarians in the wings under the direction of AB Cordileone and Father George Schultze!!! Both the AB and Father are the ‘REAL DEALS’ :)
It depends upon the quality of the men. If we just ordained 35 McCarricks, would this be cause for great joy?
Gomez the coward removed a priest from his parish in Santa Barbara for preaching an outspoken homily about corruption in the Church. But Gomez the coward does nothing to clean up the Anaheim Religious Education Congress of all the gay and heterodox content in the liturgies and workshops there.
Gomez the coward removes a faithful and courageous priest. Now you now all you need to know about Gomez the coward and what the future holds for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and what you can expect from priests under Gomez the coward.
Let’s see whether Bishop Barron, whose region is Santa Barbara, will stand up to Gomez the coward. or whether Barron will also be a coward.
Bishop Barron has made the best statement of anyone.
” I was struck by the fact that the abuse was going on at such a high level, that the corruption had reached that part of the Church’s life. I also was struck by the similarity to the “Me Too” movement, because not only was it a sexual assault—it was certainly that—but also a terrible abuse of power. These young men wanted the priesthood, and this was the man that could give it to them or deny it of them. So it was a terrible abuse of power and authority.
Try worst statement. Naive if not oblivious. As for the casting couch comparison, who would so debase himself? Not a properly ordered seminarian. Sorry, not buying it. Moreover, the appropriate response would be to blow the whistle on the perp, and maybe a good thrashing.
Cf. Lincoln, Nebraska: