Archbishop Robert J. Carlson laid hands on Deacon Christopher Rubie at his ordination to the transitional diaconate last year.

On three Saturdays over a 29-day span, more than three dozen men — 34 in all — will process down the center aisle at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis en route to the rarest of the seven sacraments — Holy Orders.

The ordinations will occur in front of the ordinands' families and friends, seminarians, archdiocesan priests, visiting clergy, the St. Louis faithful and, most importantly, before God.

Editorial | Ingredients for a vocation to the priesthood

Father Clark Philipp was among four priests ordained by Archbishop Robert J. Carlson at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis on May 27.

Eight of every 10 men in the 2017 class of ordinations to the priesthood were encouraged by about four people, including parish priests, friends or other parishioners. According to the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate's (CARA) annual survey, the ordinands also were, on average, 16 years old when they first considered a vocation to the priesthood, and religious ordinands reported they knew the members of their religious institute an average of six years before entering.

Chance meeting led to ordination as Dominican priest for Father Patrick Hyde

Two men were ordained to the priesthood and five to the diaconate for the Dominicans. The new priests and deacons lay prostrate May 14 at the ordination Mass celebrated by Bishop Edward M. Rice at St. Pius V Church.

At 10:39 a.m. May 14, then-Brother Patrick Hyde was in the same position as countless others before him: lying prone, face down, in front of an altar: the Litany of Supplication.

In those moments, vulnerable and humble, a man commits himself fully to God, as if saying, "Here I am Lord, all yours."

Six young men struck that pose alongside Hyde, 30, at St. Pius V Church on Grand Avenue.

Bishop Rice to ordain four Dominicans

Friar Nicolas Marie James Casas Monco of the Order of Preachers Province of St. Albert the Great (Central Province) will be ordained to the priesthood at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 11, at St. Margaret of Scotland Church, 3854 Flad Ave. in south St. Louis. He will be ordained by Auxiliary Bishop Edward M. Rice.

Two Dominican friars of the same province, Friar Luke Christopher Barder and Friar Jude Gerald McPeak, will be ordained to the diaconate, together with Friar Peter Damian Harris, a Dominican brother of the Province of St. Martin de Porres (Southern Province).

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