Five new priests ordained for service in the Diocese of Cleveland

From the website of the Diocese of Cleveland:

Five men entered the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist on May 21 as transitional deacons – the final step in their preparation for ordination to the priesthood. When they left about two hours later, they were the newest priests in the Diocese of Cleveland.

Bishop Richard Lennon celebrated the Mass, which included the Rite of Ordination of Priests. The Mass was streamed live so those throughout the diocese could watch.  A video-archive of the Mass is available HERE.

Father Andrew Hoover of Our Lady, Help of Christians Parish in Litchfield; Father Kevin Klonowski of St. Charles Borromeo Parish, Parma; Father James Kulway of St. Joseph Parish in Strongsville; Father John Mulhollan of Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish, Wadsworth; and Father Patrick Schultz, St. Mary Parish, Hudson, were presented to the bishop by Father Mark Latcovich, president-rector ofBorromeo Seminary and St. Mary Seminary and Graduate School of Theology, where the new priests received their training and formation.

The Rite of Ordination included the election of the candidates, promise of the elect, litany of supplication, laying on of hands and prayer of ordination, after which each new priest was vested with a stole and chasuble. Then each approached the bishop for the anointing of hands, thehanding over of the bread and wine and fraternal kiss.

Bishop Lennon instructed the ordinands about their new role, explaining that they are “to preach the Gospel, shepherd God’s people and celebrate Mass.” He also told them to “believe what you read, teach what you believe and practice what you preach so that by word and example you may build up the house that is Christ’s Church.”

As priests, the bishop reminded the ordinands that they should understand what they do, pointing out that they will forgive sins in Christ’s name, comfort the sick and perform other works in for the people of God. “Carry out your work with constant joy. Strive to bring the faithful together as one … and keep always in your eyes the example of the Good Shepherd, who came to serve and to save what was lost.”

As Mass continued, the new priests took their places on the altar as concelebrants.

“It is a wonderful day for these five new priests to begin their priesthood,” Bishop Lennon said. He offered his thanks to all who helped them throughout their education and formation.

The new priests celebrated their first Masses last weekend and will report to their assigned parishes next month to begin their duties as parochial vicars.

Their assignments are: Father Hoover, St. Peter Parish, North Ridgeville; Father Klonowski,  Holy Family Parish, Stow; Father Kulway, Mary Queen of the Apostles Parish, Brook Park; Father Mulhollan, St. Basil the Great Parish, Brecksville; and Father Schultz, Communion of Saints Parish, Cleveland Heights.