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Nine men will be ordained priests by Bishop Perez on May 18

News of the Diocese

May 14, 2019

Cleveland Bishop Nelson Perez will ordain nine men to the priesthood during a Mass at 10 a.m. on May 18 at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist in downtown Cleveland.

Those scheduled for priestly ordination are the nine transitional deacons who were ordained in April 2018 by Bishop Perez. Seven will be ordained for service to the Diocese of Cleveland: Deacon Joshua Trefney, Deacon Martin Dober, Deacon Daniel Samide, Deacon David Stavarz, Deacon Kevin Fox, Deacon Michael Petkosek and Deacon Andrew Gonzalez.
Nine men will be ordained priests by Bishop Perez on May 18
Also being ordained to the priesthood are Deacon John Jeong for the Archdiocese of Daegu, South Korea and Deacon Francisco Garnica, CSJ, for the Congregation of St. Joseph.

The Mass of ordination will be streamed live starting at 10 a.m. Click HERE to watch.

The nine candidates for ordination have been preparing for the priesthood at Saint Mary Seminary and Graduate School of Theology. Their preparation includes four pillars of formation: human, spiritual, intellectual and pastoral. They have been serving as transitional deacons in diocesan parishes since their ordination as deacons last spring.

Traditionally, newly ordained priests are assigned as parochial vicars in parishes throughout the diocese.

Father Michael McCandless, director of the diocesan Vocation Office, said a key factor for vocations is an element of trust, “trust of your pastor, trust of the Holy Spirit and trust of the seminary.” He said more men who are serious about their call and are more mature have been entering the seminary in recent years. The seminary provides them with personal formation, prayer and discernment, he said.

There about 90 men studying at Borromeo and Saint Mary seminaries, both of which are located at the Center for Pastoral Leadership in Wickliffe.

For more information on vocations, including the priesthood, call 440-943-7660 or visit

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