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Bishop Daniel Thomas, Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese of Cleveland, will ordain eight men to the priesthood during a Mass at 7 p.m. May 19 in the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist in downtown Cleveland. This is the largest ordination class in the diocese in 14 years.
Seven of the new priests are from the diocese. The eighth is from the Archdiocese of Daegu, South Korea, which has had a long relationship with Saint Mary Seminary here. All the new priests are being assigned to parishes in the Diocese of Cleveland.
Those being ordained and their first parish assignments are:
Deacon Jacob Bearer — He is 29 and was a member of St. Mary Parish in Painesville. Deacon Bearer is a graduate of Riverside High School and John Carroll University. He will be assigned to St. Francis de Sales Parish in Akron.
Deacon James Cosgrove — He is 31 and was a member of St. Martin of Tours Parish in Maple Heights. Deacon Cosgrove is a graduate of Trinity High School in Garfield Heights and the University of Dayton. His assignment will be at St. Christopher Parish in Rocky River.
Deacon Eric Garris — He is 26 and attended Our Lady of Mount Carmel School in Wickliffe. Deacon Garris is a graduate of Lake Catholic High School and John Carroll University. He is assigned to St. Raphael Parish in Bay Village.
Deacon Matthew Jordan — He is 27 and attended St. Francis de Sales School in Akron. Deacon Jordan is a graduate of Archbishop Hoban High School in Akron and John Carroll University. His first assignment will be St. Hilary Parish in Fairlawn.
Deacon Robert McWilliams — He is 37 and attended Immaculate Conception School in Akron. Deacon McWilliams is a graduate of Kenmore High School in Akron and John Carroll University. He is assigned to St. Joseph Parish in Strongsville.
Deacon Peter Morris — He is 28 and was home-schooled. Deacon Morris graduated from St. John Bosco charter school in Columbia Station. He also is a graduate of John Carroll University. His first assignment is St. John Vianney Parish in Mentor.
Deacon Anthony Simone — He is 33 and was a member of St. Mary Parish in Hudson. Deacon Simone is a graduate of Hudson High school and the University of Akron. He is assigned to St. Sebastian Parish in Akron.
Deacon Soohyun (Peter) Bang — He is 30 and graduated from high school in Daegu, South Korea, where he lived. He also is a graduate of the Catholic University of Daegu. His first assignment will be Holy Angels Parish in Bainbridge Township.
Father Mark Latcovich, president-rector of Saint Mary Seminary, said the soon-to-be-ordained priests all earned two graduate degrees: a master of arts in theology and master of divinity on May 11.
“This is a lifelong commitment for them. As ordination nears, they are excited and at peace,” he said.