Introducing our new priests | Father Joseph Jiang

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Archbishop Robert J. Carlson will ordain eight men to the priesthood for the Archdiocese of St.Louis at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 29, at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis, Lindell Boulevard and Newstead Avenue in the Central West End.

Father Jiang, 24, is the son of Peter and Mary Jiang of Shandong, China. His home parish is the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis in the Central West End.

A graduate of Holy Spirit High School Seminary in Ji Nan, China, he earned a bachelor's degree in philosophy from Holy Spirit College Seminary in Ji Nan.

His transitional diaconate assignment was at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis. He served his supervised ministry at St. John the Baptist Parish in St. Paul, Minn.

"Priesthood is a gift more to the Church from God than to me, and priesthood is not about me. I am saying to myself today, 'If I would know what I got myself into when I first entered seminary in China, I would have run fast and hidden myself from being called.' We can run as much as possible, and we can hide as deep as we want, but the call of Christ penetrates the depth of our heart and being. Priesthood is not about me, and it is all about Christ."

Father Jiang will celebrate his first Mass at 10 a.m. Sunday, May 30, at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis, in the presence of Archbishop Robert J. Carlson, Bishop Robert Hermann and Bishop Paul Sirba of Duluth, Minn. Concelebrants will be Msgr. Joseph Pins, Msgr. Mark Ullrich, Father Kevin Schroeder, Father Brian Fischer, Father Andrew Cozzens, Father Michael Skluzacek, Father Eugene Tiffany and Father Tom Margevicius. A reception will follow in adjacent Boland Hall.

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