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Nine ordained to the priesthood

'Adsum'... Present... The deacons of the class of 2016 responded "Present" when called by Msgr. James Moroney, rector of St. John's Seminary, and presented to Cardinal O'Malley as worthy to be ordained as priests of the archdiocese of Boston. Pilot photo/Gregory L. Tracy

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SOUTH END -- Friends, family, and clergy joined Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross in Boston as he ordained nine men to the priesthood, May 21.

The cardinal welcomed Fathers Christopher Woongjin Bae, Matthew John Conley, Patrick Joseph Fiorillo, J. Thomas Gignac, Stephen Robert LeBlanc, Huan Dinh Ngo, Thomas Olson, Kevin Staley-Joyce, and Thomas Robert Sullivan to their new vocation.

"I want to congratulate and thank God for our ordinands and their families and loved ones who have supported their vocations for so many years and join us today on this very happy occasion," said Cardinal O'Malley in his homily.

The cardinal conducted the rite that brought the men into the priesthood, from the bishop's chair, or cathedra -- a symbol of his apostolic teaching authority passed on from his successors.

As the rite began, each man stood and answered "present" as his name was called, as Msgr. James P. Moroney, rector of St. John Seminary in Brighton, presented the candidates to the cardinal. The cardinal elected the men for ordination with the consent of the friends, family and supporters of the candidates to a round of applause, which signified their approval.

Cardinal O'Malley then delivered his homily, and he spoke about the day's Gospel reading, John 1: 35-46, in which Sts. John, Peter and Andrew are invited to follow Jesus.

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