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Ordination class of 2016: Deacon Kevin Staley-Joyce

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This is the eighth in a series of articles profiling each of the nine men who will be ordained to the priesthood by Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross on May 21. Earlier articles in the series are available at TheBostonPilot.com.

Deacon Kevin Staley-Joyce's journey to the priesthood has covered quite a few miles.

Rather than drive to his presbyteral ordination, he must travel across the Atlantic, having spent the last four years studying at the Pontifical North American College in Rome.

"The formation program in Rome is in many ways parallel to the formation found at seminaries in the States," he explained. "The principal difference is the setting for formation."

"Rome is, in many ways, an experience of the universality of the Church," he continued. "Many saints died or were buried in Rome, and many martyrs entered eternal life in Rome, starting with Peter and Paul. Their witness never fades, and one of the greatest privileges of living here is being able to pray with them without being overly rushed, as is unfortunately often the case when visiting Rome for a short period."

Born in New Jersey, Deacon Staley-Joyce came with his mother to Massachusetts as a baby, where he lived in Brookline for the first five years of his life before the family settled in Milton. As a teen he moved to West Roxbury, where his mother lives today.

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