Editorial | Why not, indeed?

We hear from time to time about wise judges. Mostly it's about court cases when a judge issues a particularly appropriate sentence.

But a judge wasn't presiding over a case involving Henry Stephan. Instead, the devoutly Catholic federal judge was Stephan's boss during an internship Stephan had with the court.

Archbishop Carlson ordains two men to sacred priesthood

At about 10 a.m. May 26, Archbishop Robert J. Carlson and 78 brother priests processed down the center aisle toward the altar at Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis.

For the procession out, a little less than two hours later, their ranks had grown by two.

Fathers Christopher Rubie and Gerson Parra joined their new brethren at exactly 11:01 a.m., about halfway through the two-hour Mass celebrated for the Rite of Ordination of Priests.


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.

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